Residents fight to make deadly Hudson intersection safer

Posted at 11:25 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 06:49:03-05

Residents in Hudson are on a mission to make a deadly intersection safer.

"In the last three years, I can't even imagine how many accidents there's been," said Kelly Quinnell.

It didn't take long to see what has these her and many others so upset Tuesday.

"I hear the sirens constantly," said Quinnell who lives a block from US-19 and Beach Blvd in Hudson.

We watched car after car, 40 of them in fact, in under an hour, ignore three "No U-Turn" signs and turning anyway.

"It's all day long, look, there goes another one," said Quinnell during the interview.

And it's happening just across the street from the memorial of Robert Cartwright.

Police say the local musician was killed riding his motorcycle Southbound on US-19 Sunday when a vehicle made an illegal turn at Beach Blvd.

"This is another person that's lost his life and we really want to see something done to prevent more," said Cartwright's friend Joyce Mann.

"Everybody comes out Walmart and makes a u-turn just to go south on 19," said Quinnell.

According to FDOT, there has been 29 crashes there since 2010 including two fatalities.

They say the problem stems from Walmart.

Cars entering the shopping center from Beacon Woods on the south side of Walmart are forced to make a U-Turn to get back home using the southbound lanes that are separated by a median on US-19.

"You can't slow down coming southbound when theres a car coming around," said Mann.

FDOT says the intersection does not qualify for a stop light, but they are asking county officials to work with Walmart to add a two way exit instead of its current one way.  It would allow cars to turn both north and south out of the shopping plaza and hopefully taking the pressure off Beach Blvd.

"It's very, very sad and frustrating to know this is always happening," said Mann.