Family gets support for 4-way stop in Vancouver

Family gets support for 4-way stop in Vancouver

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by KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly and KGW Staff

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 7:45 PM

VANCOUVER -- Kaitlin Miller's family and friends have been garnering support for a four-way stop at the intersection of Northeast 199th Street and Northeast 29th Avenue in Clark County, the site of Miller's death earlier this month. 

"She'd be alive today if there was a four-way stop here," said Trina Munson, Kaitin's aunt.  

The 17-year-old Skyview High School senior died on July 3 after the car she was riding in was T-boned at the intersection. 

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"Her friend did not see the stop signs," said Munson. 

The car was T-boned by a fast moving car on Northeast 199th street where the speed limit is 40 mph. 

Family members believe a four-way stop would save lives and many neighbors in the area agree, saying traffic moves too fast right now.

"I think ti would at least slow people down and everyone would have to stop and look," said neighbor Jennifer Hanley. 

But County traffic engineers are not convinced.   

In the past, Clark County officials have maintained there's not enough traffic on Northeast 29th Avenue to warrant stopping the flow on the much-busier 199th Street. 

"We're exploring it, but as of right now we really believe that what we have done and the few extra things that we're going to be doing are really the best solution for the location," said Pete Campbell, Public Works Director. 

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