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Fatal crash may bring change at dangerous intersection

Officials to conduct study at intersection of fatal crash

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation is planning to conduct a study on a dangerous intersection in Leesburg.

The decision comes in the wake of a fatal crash near Fern Drive and U.S. Highway 441. A 2-year-old boy was killed and several other people were hurt.

"I never turn out of here, even before that accident," said Alex Malik.

She works at Gator Harley-Davidson. She said a lot of drivers avoid that area because it's hard to turn left off Fern. She said there needs to be a traffic light or a right-turn-only sign.

Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner said it's clear something needs to be done, so that's why he asked FDOT to get involved and do a study on how to make that area more safe.

"There must be something we can do to make that area safer, because it is a very, very bad problem area," said Conner.

Once the study is done, the county will decide what changes to make.

Malik said she's glad to hear that. She doesn't want to see another accident happen in that area. She said there have already been too many.

"The research that is going to be happening here is something we have wanted for a long, long time. I'm glad it's being done. It needed to be done," she said.