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| Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A crossing light has been installed at the intersection of Green Level and Cary Glen Boulevard in Cary, North Carolina (NC) after a fatal car accident occurred there several weeks ago.

The car accident occurred when Melissa Birdsong swerved to miss something in the intersection, causing her car to get hit. The other driver in the accident fled the scene. Melissa Birdsong was traveling with her three year old son and 16 year old stepdaughter, Kailee Nicole Birdsong. Melissa Birdsong and her three year old son were taken to local Cary hospitals were they were treated for injuries sustained in the wreck. Tragically, Kailee Nicole Birdsong died as a result of her injuries.

After the accident neighbors and local Cary, North Carolina community members lobbied for the inclusion of a stop light at the intersection. People living around the intersection had filed several previous complaints with the DOT department regarding the safety of the two roads, Green Level and Cary Glen Boulevard.

The community held a protest and lobbied Town Council intensely to win their argument in favor of a stop light. Typically, stop lights take six months to plan and install after they are approved, but the town was able to work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Progress Energy to speed up the process.

The project cost $60,000 and includes a timed cross walk sign to aid pedestrians. The stop light was paid for by the DOT and the town of Cary.

The traffic light gives a little comfort after the tragic death of Kailee Nicole Birdsong. Traffic lights help cut down on intersection car accidents significantly more then four way stop signs and yield signs.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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