Ahwatukee residents want traffic lights after series of crashes
AHWATUKEE, AZ — Residents of Ahwatukee say the intersection of 17th Avenue and Liberty Lane is too dangerous and want the city to take action. This comes after nearly a dozen crashes over the past 13 months.
High schoolers Colin and Cam’ryn were heading home on the 202 loop on the night of May 4. They had just got off at 17th Avenue, which is the last exit to Ahwatukee.
“Once we were in the middle of Liberty, this car came out of nowhere and I turned around and saw the lights and it just…hit us,” Colin says.
It spun the Jeep they were in. ABC15 received footage showing the impact damage.
“They went through the stop sign probably going 65 to 70 mph,” Colin says.
“I needed help getting out of the car because my door was stuck and I couldn’t really feel my leg,” Cam’ryn says.
Their crash is one of 10 since last April, five of which have happened in the last eight weeks alone. Many accidents have resulted in injuries.
“Sometimes the police don’t come for a long time,” said Bernadine Sadauskas, a neighbor who lives nearby. She says accidents at this intersection are so common that she and her neighbors are always ready to spring into action and help those involved.
“Make sure they’re okay, put them on the street, get them water bottles, calm them down somehow,” Sadauskas says.
“I think we should watch at least one or more red lights here,” says Brian Symes, a member of the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee.
“Something has to be done, we can’t leave it like this. We can’t go on like this and have the risk that we have right now,” said Symes, who says he raised the issue with the city council.
The neighbors say that until the city does something, they will continue to act when the next accident occurs.
“They got hit at the intersection and this car here skidded, you can kind of see the two tire tracks and this truck came here and hit the wall,” Sadauskas says.
The city’s Department of Highway Transportation says a developer included adding a traffic light at the intersection in their project plan. This plan is still under review and there is no deadline for its implementation.