Fatal hit and run sheds light on dangerous crosswalk

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More than a week after a fatal hit and run claimed the life of a 21-year-old waitress people who work at and visit Barefoot Landing are concerned about the intersection and the crosswalk near where the accident happened.

The crosswalk is located where Ocean Creek Drive and Highway 17 meet at the entrance to Barefoot Landing.

Both drivers and pedestrians who are familiar with the intersection say poor lighting, aggressive drivers and a short crosswalk timer create a recipe for disaster.

"We come over to Barefoot Landing. We're staying at Ocean Creek so pretty much every day we cross there once or twice, and you have to be very careful. The light changes really quick for you to cross, so [it's] very dangerous," said vacationer Dawn Lafferty.

Workers at Barefoot Landing say they see near accidents all the time at the crossing.

"I've actually stopped to let people through. It's just chaos sometimes," said Misty Fields who works at The Java Gourmet.

North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Nicole Aiello said there are plans in the works to improve both the intersection at Ocean Creek and the one at 48th Avenue. The city is working with the state's Department of Transportation to redesign the intersections.

"Part of that redesign will involve some differences in the turning lanes and it will also involve some differences in the pedestrian access. So the redesign is definitely going to be more pedestrian friendly," Aiello said.

Although the process has started, it could be about a year until any results are seen. According to Fields, there's not that much time to spare.

"The sooner the better. I can say that. There's always gonna be more accidents that happen until they fix it," Fields said.

Corissa Irvin was killed in the hit and run accident and her co-workers are collecting money to help defray funeral costs. To donate, stop by any Ultimate California Pizza location.

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