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My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection
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My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—A new traffic light now hangs over the intersection where two men lost their lives earlier this summer.

Don and Annette Watters this week spotted crews installing the signal over 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Stanwood. It’s the same intersection where an SUV collided with a pickup truck May 3, killing 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar.  The wreckage is long gone, but a makeshift memorial for the men still stands nearby.

Aetna Township Clerk Delores Berringer says the light was installed  on a temporary basis because of a nearby highway overpass construction project.  MDOT spokesman John Richard says crews are working on the first bridge slide project in the state at U.S. 131 and 3 Mile, so traffic needed to be rerouted onto 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  MDOT crews began installing a  second temporary light at Jefferson Road near the U.S. 131 exit to downtown Morley Friday.

Berringer says there is a group trying to convince MDOT to keep the light at 8 Mile and Northland, however Richard says the intersection does not meet state criteria for a permanent traffic light.

Aguilar-Emmons was a senior at Grandville High School, which also lost hockey captain Ryan Fischer and 15-year-old Alyssa Arends within the last five months.  He planned to join the police academy after graduation. Aguilar was a graduate of Coopersville High School.  Both men leave behind their parents and numerous siblings, nephews and nieces.

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