FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - It’s been more than a month since Sari McKane, 48, was killed when her vehicle was involved in tragic accident while driving on County Road 24 in Fairhope.
Witnesses say McKane’s vehicle was traveling east on County Road 24 around 7 a. m. on September 20, when she went through a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 181.
That’s when a second vehicle driven by Robert Harris heading north on 181 hit her and both vehicles flew off the road.
Karen Burtnett who lives nearby, called 911.
Since then, Harris, Burtnett and others have been petitioning for a safer intersection, saying it has caused other accidents in the past.
The reason, both said, is the stop sign is not as visible as it should be from certain distances and there should be more warning.
On Wednesday, county workers were out installing speed strips. The measure is the the first in its planned improvements which include caution lights.
Diana Johnson, who came down from New York, says she hoped to gain closure from visiting the site of her daughter’s death.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I called my son in North Carolina and we were just in shock. I kept waiting for that phone call saying she was alive and it just didn’t come,” said Johnson, “I understand a lot more after coming here. It just didn’t make sense to me. Now I can understand why there was such a horrible accident and why we lost Sari. She was a good person. She loved people and animals. She was a hard worker."
Johnson and Harris said they hope the speed strips are the first of many things to make sure a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.
“The county has heard us. The state of Alabama has heard us. Now we’re excited to make a difference,” Harris said.
Johnson said she hopes McKane's death means no other family loses a loved one because of the intersection.
“It’s still hard to accept. I don’t know if I ever will truly accept her death but at least I know something is being done this time,” said Johnson.
The County Commission will have an official vote on the matter at their meeting on Nov. 5, 2013.
Both the Alabama Department of Transportation and county engineers believe the project will be completed before the end of 2013.
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