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Mother fights for a safer intersection after daughter's death

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In March, Nikki Yeager died after the car she was in was hit by a car trying to make it across an intersection. In March, Nikki Yeager died after the car she was in was hit by a car trying to make it across an intersection.
DeSoto County leaders said they expect to meet with the state later this week to discuss ideas for making the intersection safer. DeSoto County leaders said they expect to meet with the state later this week to discuss ideas for making the intersection safer.
Horn Lake, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A dangerous intersection not only took a young girl's life but put additional children's lives at risk in recent months.

The intersection at Goodman Road and Dunbarton Drive in Horn Lake, Mississippi has been at the center of a debate for a new traffic signal. One mother is leading the charge in honor of her daughter that was killed earlier this year.

"Nikki was a junior in high school, a second lieutenant in the ROTC. All marine, ready to join the marine corps," said mother Lisa Yeager. "By the time I got [to the intersection] she was already in the ambulance."

In March, Nikki Yeager died after the car she was in was hit by a car trying to make it across.

There's no traffic light at busy Goodman Road to the other side of Dunbarton Drive; only a stop sign stands to direct traffic. Yeager says she is ready to fight for new changes in the new year.

"I've got my combat boots on. I'm ready to charge, like a marine, something needs to be done," said Yeager.

Yeager has been working with DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell and Horn Lake leaders to bring attention to her cause. Just a few weeks ago, a school bus was involved in a crash at the same intersection.

"It's a five-lane road and sometimes people have to race to get across it. It's a dangerous intersection," said Horn Lake Mayor Allen Latimer.

This week state officials are expected to take a fresh look at the intersection. It comes ahead of construction on a new Walmart that will bring more even more traffic and the potential for danger.

In the meantime, Yeager hopes people will think and slow down when they pass her daughter's cross.

"It's not just because it was my daughter. This intersection needs to be looked at for every individual," she said.

DeSoto County leaders said they expect to meet with the state later this week to discuss ideas for making the intersection safer.

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