ABILENE, TX -- After a Friday night crash claimed the life of 18-year-old Ezechiel Zougou, the Abilene community began calling for TxDOT to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Oldham Lane and Industrial Blvd. The Abilene mayor is now joining the cause.
"You hear the loudest bang on metal, the screeching and then screaming. It's horrifying," said resident Taylor Brooks. She told local media she has seen two fatal accidents in the last few years.
Mayor Anthony Williams stated his support for TXDOT to install traffic lights at what has become a notorious intersection. The road is owned by the Texas Department of Transportation and they would need to make the investment.
"The intersection needs traffic signals and if it was in the City it would already been done," said Williams. "People aren't just angry they are afraid."
According to TxDOT spokesperson Tanya Roberts, the agency will not be putting traffic signals at that intersection because a traffic study showed not enough traffic crosses the area to merit a change.
According to Roberts, the agency installed a flashing red light in the area two months ago.
A new traffic study will be conducted in the next few months.