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Traffic Light Coming To Busy Bellevue Intersection

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new traffic light and crosswalk will be added at a busy Bellevue intersection that has been the scene of eight accidents this year.

The most recent accident, at Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive left Emma Bradshaw, 9, seriously injured.

Bradshaw and her family attended the Traffic and Parking Commission meeting Monday, where the new additions to the intersection were approved.

"I am excited and pleased," said Sonya Bradshaw, Emma's mother.  "I know this will save lives.  I am very sure of it."

The Bradshaws, along with District 22 Metro Council Member Sheri Weiner have pushed for changes at the intersection since Emma's accident.  They feel the changes will make a big difference.

"Anybody who has children or grandchildren who saw what she came from and where she is today, doesn't want that to happen to any of the other Emma's in the world," said Sheri Weiner, Metro Council Member for District 22.

The traffic light will be added first, and then the crosswalk.  It is still unknown when this will happen.

On June 19, Emma Bradshaw was leaving a gas station and crossing Old Hickory Boulevard on her way to her home on Sonya Drive.  The driver of an oncoming car didn't see her and hit her.  The driver was never charged due to the poorly lit intersection.

Emma suffered from a brain injury and a broken neck and has endured a lengthy hospital stay and two surgeries.  While Emma still has quite a bit of physical, occupational and speech therapy in the future.  Her family is proud of what she has accomplished.

"She's still here with me," said Sonya Bradshaw.  "She's made incredible progress.  She can talk, smile, walk, that's what's important to me."

A fund to help the Bradshaws cover expenses has been set up at Bank of America.  You can make a donation at any local branch to the Emma Bradshaw fund.


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