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Lifesaving changes needed at local intersection

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A father turns his pain into a mission to help others after losing his daughter in a crash.

Michael Urbisci is leading a fight to make a busy intersection safe.  His daughter, Melissa, was killed at the intersection of Harrison and Rybolt.  He has collected more than 600 signatures on a petition to try to affect change at this intersection.  He says he want to raise awareness and this isn't just something to preserve his daughter's legacy, but also something to help save lives.

"The intersection itself is very busy.  It's not marked properly, again speed is a factor and people's carelessness.  People don't use turn signals anymore, they simply want to beat the lights," Urbisci said.

Urbisci wants to see changes at New Rybolt and Harrison Avenue.  Tuesday he met with officials and the Hamilton County Engineer along with another family that lost their loved one at the same intersection. 

Four years ago Melissa Urbisci was a passenger in her brother's car.  He attempted to make a left when the vehicle was broadsided. 

County Engineer, Ted Hubbard, said at this intersection the majority of accidents happen to drivers heading southbound and turning left onto Rybolt.  He thinks restricting drivers to only turning left on a green arrow may help.

Urbisci is grateful for the proposed changes and is hoping for more down the road.

The county engineer says that his department has been in contact with the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Hubbard says he wants to make sure that whatever is done at the intersection with the signal does not have a negative impact on the flow of traffic. 


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