Local mother honors son’s legacy by pushing for changes to Greenville road

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A local mother who lost her son in a car accident is pushing for changes to Greenville’s E. 10th Street.

Suzanne Mayo’s son, Matthew, died in October after being hit by a car while crossing E. 10th street from 33 East Student Apartments to Copper Beech Student Apartments.

“[It’s] heart-wrenching,” Mayo said. “Feels like somebody just came in and just tore your heart out.”

She stared a petition to install a traffic light at the intersection where she was killed.

Mayo said she’s taking action to prevent other families from experiencing a similar loss.

“We desperately need a stoplight here,” Mayo said. “Something to help somebody else from going through what we’re going through.”

North Carolina Department of Transportation division traffic engineer Steve Hamilton said a consulting firm has been studying safety improvements along the road.

“Anytime when you’re seeing a pattern of crashes, it is a concern,” Hamilton said. “But sometimes you can’t engineer out all the problems.”

The firm’s expected to release final recommendations this month with a public workshop following it.

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