Family of man in coma wants safety improvement at Greeley intersection

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GREELEY, Colo. -- A teenage boy in Greeley is fighting for his life after being critically injured behind the wheel in early May.

Russell Hudspeth, 18, was traveling on Eighth Avenue and attempted to take an illegal left turn back on Highway 85 at O Street. He didn't see the oncoming vehicle that crashed into his vehicle.

Although Hudspeth was at fault, his mother hopes the city can make improvements to the intersection to prevent future accidents.

The Greeley Police Department reported 10 accidents close to that area within the past year.

"Worst possible nightmare. No parent should ever have to get that call," said Toni Niave, Hudspeth's mother.

Hudspeth has been in a coma for more than two weeks and undergone dozens of surgeries.

"They do think that Russell is likely going to have disabilities for the rest of his life," said Sam Hudspeth, Hudspeth's sister.

Police said the intersection was revamped several years ago to prevent accidents.

Officials with the city's public works department said they will take a closer look at the area to make sure it's safe. Niave would like to see lights added, but is now just focusing on her son's recovery.

"Not knowing whether your child is going to live or die is extremely hard," Niave said.

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