Broward County has taken a step toward safety for nighttime drivers at one local intersection. The county has made traffic light changes to the intersection where a teenager was killed in car crash three months ago by no longer allowing them to blink at night.
The traffic lights were blinking the night Alejandro Romeo, a student at Coral Glades High School, was killed at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Coral Ridge Drive. Romeo died at the scene. He was a passenger in a Honda Civic driven by his mother, Maria Uribe. The lights at the intersection were blinking red on Riverside and blinking yellow on Coral Ridge at the time, according to police. That's when the accident happened. A driver in a truck broadsided the Civic on the passenger side, where Romeo was sitting. After hitting the Civic, the truck careened into Riverside Elementary School. County officials are hoping this change to the traffic light will reduce confusion and, ultimately, car accidents.