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Mother pleads for change at Troy intersection after son's death

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 18:56:35-04

Raidan Garcia was excited to come back home for the summer after finishing a semester in college.

Christine got a call from her son on Sunday saying he was on his way to Troy, but he never made it home.

“I knew that Raidan was going to be home at 10:30 and when I saw the police through the window, I went to his room and he wasn’t there, and I knew what the knock on the door was,” said Christine Mercer.

Raidan was at the intersection of Loves Blvd. and Frontage Rd. in Troy when he was hit by an oncoming car.

The 18 year old was halfway through the intersection when he was hit.

The car drug his vehicle into a nearby pole across the intersection about 20 feet away.

“His car was full of his dorm refrigerator, his laptop, all of his clothes, his play-station... because he was coming home from college," said Christine Mercer.

This intersection has been a known problem for two years.

Troy Chief of Police Gary Smith told 25 news that there have been 28 crashes since March of 2018 and sixteen of those crashes involved injury.

“My son's name will not be in vain. My son stopped at the stop sign. My son did everything he was supposed to do and everyone knows that you cant see a car coming. If that car is coming really fast, it is not going to see you either,” said Christine Mercer.

25 News reached out to the Texas Department of Transportation and they told us “While local law enforcement continues to investigate, TxDOT cannot speculate about the potential causes of this crash. The department’s review of this intersection is ongoing.”

Christine is hoping that by spreading the word about her son, no one else’s family will have to deal with losing a family member at this intersection again.