The city of Killeen has finally announced some potential changes to a strip of South Fort Hood Street that's been plagued with late night hit and runs—some of which have been deadly.
These changes were prompted after a soldier was killed last year.
Fort Hood Street (also known as State Highway 195 or SH 195) is a busy roadway, with very few street lights and no sidewalks. Some believe these circumstances led to the soldier’s death.
But the proposed changes from the city don't seem to address those issues.
After conducting a Traffic Safety Review Report, which looked at existing traffic systems and crash data from 2012 to 2015, it's been recommended that the city of Killeen make the following changes:
1) Upgrade the signal light at South Fort Hood Street (SH 195) and Jasper drive to a newer model.
2) Request that TXDOT enlarge the speed limit signs in that area to the new standard size.
This comes after two women were injured, one of them fatally, in back-to-back hit and run accidents.
In May of 2015, 28-year-old Kyesha Harris-Foster was struck by a car while she was trying to cross a dark intersection near the 2800 South Fort Hood Street (SH 195).
When Good Samaritan and former nurse, Sophia Martin, ran out to try and help Harris-Foster, both women were hit by a second vehicle. Harris-Foster died from her injuries in July 2015.
When News Channel 25 spoke with Martin shortly after the incident , this is what she demanded of the city.
“It definitely needs more lighting. It needs more sidewalks, it needs something. Especially when that establishment is always so crowded,” Martin said, “But I think that would definitely help and prevent something like this from happening again."
Despite this, city of Killeen leaders haven’t said anything about adding crosswalks or more lighting in the area. Those leaders couldn’t be reached for further comment about the report.