JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An 8-year-old has died because of a crash that happened near Argyle Forest Boulevard and Oakleaf Plantation Parkway Monday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. and three people involved, including two children, were transported to the hospital. Both children were reported to have serious injuries, but since, FHP has reported one of the children has died.
Neighbors have put a petition together calling for change at this deadly intersection. So far it has hundreds of signatures.
Additionally, a GoFundMe has been set up for the Rios family and it has raised thousands of dollars.
FDOT released another statement on Tuesday afternoon:
First and foremost, our condolences to the family involved. The loss of life in the motor vehicle crash which occurred yesterday at the intersection of SR 23 and Argyle Forest Boulevard is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Angel Rios.
We have heard from several citizens today and take their concerns very seriously. FDOT conducted field reviews of the intersections within the involved, active construction limits today, investigating the potential for improved safety. Where changes or improvements are warranted, they will be made.
Based on today’s assessment of the intersection where the crash occurred yesterday, crews will work tonight to change the traffic signal so that it includes a protected left turn using solid red/green arrows. This safety improvement may cause general delays at the intersection and we ask drivers to exercise patience while the work is being done this evening and after the changed signal pattern takes effect.
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