A traffic light will be installed at a dangerous Bellevue intersection where a 9-year-old girl was struck and seriously injured earlier this year.
The Traffic and Parking Commission on Monday approved the traffic light at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive, just south of Interstate 40.
The upgrade will also include a crosswalk to make the area safer for pedestrians.
Metro Public Works originally denied a plan for the intersection because it didn't meet federal regulations, but the commission overturned that decision Monday after the urging of Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner, who represents the area in Bellevue where the girl was hit.
There have been eight serious incidents at that intersection this year, including when 9-year-old Emma Bradshaw was struck in June by a vehicle driven by a 78-year-old man as she went to get something to eat with her big brother.
Police never cited the driver due to a lack of lighting, and Metro recently put new street lights near that intersection.
Emma spent the next two months in the hospital, and there was a question of whether she would ever walk again. But the girl has defied the odds.
"Probably because my family loves me and because I had a lot of therapy," she said.
To help her daughter heal, Sonya Bradshaw gave up her job and spent every hour by Emma's side.
She's also found time to be part of the push to make the intersection more pedestrian friendly.
"Something good deserves to come of this. I don't want it to happen to another family at all," mother Sonya Bradshaw said.
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