LANSING, MI (WLNS) – When you pass by the intersection of Waverly and Bishop, you can tell there are a lot of stories that need to be told and for Renee it’s one she wanted to be heard and the community, listened.
Renee James lost her fiancé, Kevin in a deadly motorcycle accident at this intersection last July.
An intersection that’s known for being dangerous.
“When I got here, I looked over and I saw these crosses that were here prior and something just struck me,” Renee James said. “If other people had died here, something needed to be done.”
So she took matters into her own hands.
She contacted the Michigan State Police, the Eaton and Ingham County Sheriff’s departments and the Ingham County Road Commission.
As Kevin’s death among the many others here, she became the advocate for change, pushing the Ingham County Board of Commissioners to take action.
“I just had to sit patiently and wait for a while,” James said.
But her patience paid off, at their most recent Board of Commissioners meeting, Ingham County Commissioner Randy Schafer says the board voted on this petition, to do something about the deadly problem.
“The traffic in that area has just increased dramatically over the years,” Schafer. “So we passed unanimously a resolution and reached out to our road commission to make it a four way stop and have a flashing light up and I think you’ll see that done very soon.”
Despite her loss, Renee is happy with the out-come and said she feels it’s a win not only for Kevin, but for every other life lost at these cross streets as well.
“No one else she ever have to go through this, They just shouldn’t, It’s just an answer to prayer,” James said.