INDOT to install traffic signal at dangerous Hendricks Co. intersection where 16-year-old died

Josie Cranfill, 16, was killed in a crash north of Brownsburg on Oct. 2, 2019. (Provided by family)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WTHR) — Jim Miller, a firefighter for 15 years, calls it the most dangerous intersection in Hendricks County.

"The worst crashes are here, the worst," he said referring to the intersection of State Road 267 and County Road 1000 North. "Not only are the crashes (often) devastating they often include entrapment."

He said that's because of the 55 mph speed limit and the high rate of semi traffic.

Wednesday night Miller responded to the latest crash which took the life of 16-year-old Josie Cranfill of Brownsburg.

Witnesses told police the teen driver of the van Josie was in drove through the stop sign at CR 1000 North striking two other vehicles.

"Without issue there's the question of personal responsibility while driving," Miller said.

But that said, Miller also noted it was the 11th crash so far this year and one of many over the years.

Not only are the crashes devastating, they often include entrapment," he said.

Fred Arkanoff has lived along SR 267. He said previous efforts to improve the safety of the intersection - over-sized stop signs with blinking lights, spin alerts atop those signs and reflective strips - aren't enough, nor is this streetlight he paid to have installed just east of the intersection.

"It's like playing chicken. If you sit here and look at it, you can see people (trying to cross 1000 North) are trying to beat the traffic that's going 55 miles an hour and even more," Arkanoff said.

He and Miller have long lobbied for a traffic light at the intersection. Family and friends of Josie want one too. Thursday her mom posted a request on social media that they go to the INDOT website and request a light.

An INDOT spokesperson told Eyewitness News they received more than 400 requests before noon. Debbie Calder said previous traffic studies done on the intersection found it failed to meet the criteria for a traffic signal, but a study finished in September came to a different conclusion.

The spokesperson told us via email, "It was determined after the study that this intersection does meet the criteria to install a traffic signal. INDOT will move forward with the process of getting this signal installed in a timely manner. Please note that signal installation typically takes at least one year to 18 months to go through the whole process of approval, design, and construction."

That's not soon enough for Arkanoff. He said he's glad to hear the intersection will finally get a traffic signal, but added 12 to 18 months is a long time to wait.

He plans to put up a large reflective sign on the property he owns adjacent to the intersection Friday morning to warn drivers of the danger ahead.

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