The 11-year-old boy who was killed in a two-vehicle car crash at the intersection of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Sterling Avenue in southwest Independence on Friday has been identified by police.
Noah W. Stratton, 11, of Independence, died shortly after arriving at a local hospital on July 25. Independence Police said that he was not wearing a selt belt at the time of the collision.
Stratton, along with three other young passengers and a driver, were inside a 2006 Chevrolet Impala when it collided with a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the intersection at 10:20 a.m. Friday. Police say the crash remains under investigation, but Independence Communications Officer Tom Gentry previously said the driver of the Silverado, who was also the sole occupant of the truck, was northbound on Sterling Avenue, made a left turn at Blue Ridge Boulevard and struck the Impala heading south on Sterling. All occupants of the two vehicles were taken to an area hospital. There was no update Monday afternoon on the conditions of the other victims involved in the crash.
Donations can be made at the North American Savings Bank, 11400 E. 23rd St. in Independence, to help Strattons family with his funeral costs.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir said she, along with City Council and city staff, are upset and saddened by what occurred Friday. She added that she has already received a number of contacts expressing concern about the accident, but also said the city will first have to gather information on the intersection before it can decide what can be done in order to minimize future automobile collisions at the location.
Its still premature to say what the citys response will be (on the intersection), the mayor said. But from what I heard, people are driving recklessly at the intersection. We (the city) expect people to voluntarily comply with traffic ordinances.
The intersection is in the 4th Council District. Weir was the District 4 council member before she was elected mayor. Her former Council seat is currently vacant, but District 4 primary candidate Laura Dominik said the intersection is extremely dangerous and proposed some solutions.
I think the traffic lights need to be programmed differently, she said. They should only have a green arrow to turn (onto Blue Ridge Boulevard). The north and southbound oncoming traffic on Sterling makes it impossible for drivers to turn onto Blue Ridge.
The Examiner attempted to contact each of the candidates in the District 4 race. Only Dominik r esponded.
Dominik added the turning lanes onto Blue Ridge Boulevard should be spread out to allow a driver to see a better view of the intersection, plus placing flash indicators to warn commuters.