AUSTIN (KXAN) — Neighbors are urging the city to consider adding a stoplight to an intersection they say is incredibly dangerous and filled with blind spots.
On Monday night, Austin Police reported a man died after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash in the 500 block of East Slaughter Lane.
It is the third fatal crash at that intersection in less than five months.
In a briefing, Cpl. Charles Shipman said that just before 8 p.m. officers reported to the scene of a two-vehicle collision where a man had been ejected from his vehicle.
The man was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m., according to APD.
According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the second patient, a man in his 40s, has potentially serious injuries.
People living nearby at The Ridge at Slaughter said this intersection is notorious for crashes, many which aren’t publicized. TxDOT data shows 17 accidents at this intersection since 2015.
“The people that lost their lives here, they don’t have a voice. And I think if they did have a say, they would want to see something safer put in here,” said Brandon Hauser, a 30-year-old who has lived at the complex since February.
Ken Michaels, the Board President for The Ridge at Slaughter, said people have voiced their concerns to the city but are frustrated at the lack of response. Michaels said the two men killed earlier this year were also tenants at the complex.
“Many of our homeowners have gone online, have called 311, and we get no response. Period. Nothing. We get no follow up,” Michaels said. “I know it’s going to keep happening. This is not an easy intersection.”
The City of Austin has planned improvements for Slaughter Lane through the 2016 Mobility Bond. A spokesperson for the transportation department said they will re-stripe the roadway to provide “consistent expectations for drivers, provide for safer left-turn access” and to improve safety for both walkers and cyclists.
The city will also add a stoplight, but it will be at the Slaughter Lane and Old Lockhart Highway intersection, approximately one mile east. Officials are recommending a pedestrian hybrid beacon near Narrow Glen Parkway which slows drivers when pedestrians want to cross.
City officials will also investigate this most recent crash and implement safety improvements as they see fit.