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Petition started to make 301 safer after crash kills woman

Posted: 6:00 PM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-05 00:05:32Z
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An online petition has gained momentum just days after a woman was killed trying to turn into the Zephryhills Correctional Institution. The woman was rear ended because the driver didn’t notice her stopped.

"She was a young, vibrant, happy-go-lucky type of person, that’s how I remember her. It’s a shame,” said Fatima Khan, who works at the Institution.

The petition has more than 3,200 signatures and continues to gather support.

"I think they’re tired of losing friends and family,” said Adam Wilkes, who has family that work at the institution.

This isn’t the first time someone has died turning into the parking lot and people are fed up. They say crews need to install turn lanes so they aren’t in harm's way.

"The single death, the first that happened there should have worked immediately,” Wilkes said. "I have relatives that work there. I have a nephew that has an 11-year-old baby and I don’t want to get called."

FDOT says they asked people to call when they have concerns but say petitions work to get their attention too.

Friday morning they met with people at the institution and say within the next month they will install signs and flashing beacons to alert people of the facility entrance. They’ll add additional lights too.

Within the next year they plan on adding the left turn lane.