DENVER — A dangerous Denver intersection is about to become safer.
Many say Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Street is unsafe, with multiple and even some deadly accidents in that area over the past few years.
Derrick Brown was hit and killed at that intersection in March while riding his motorcycle.
“I just dropped my coffee, and said, ‘Oh, my God,'” said Mary Izquierdo, who watched it happen.
Izuierdo also witnessed the heartbreak that followed when the victim’s brother stumbled upon the crash, purely by chance.
“I just happened to be going down Lincoln Street when it happened and I didn’t know what all the commotion was bout. I went up and asked and found out it was my brother who’d been hit,” Brian Brown said.
Accidents happen at the intersection all the time. Police say they responded to 30 accidents and the intersection in 2017, 26 since the crash that claimed Derrick Brown’s life.
“It’s insane, 26 families have had to go through this and that’s not fair. Something should have been done a long time ago,” Brown said.
The city council on Monday night approved spending $600,000 to install two new traffic lights. One will be located at Fifth and Lincoln, the other at Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
While the lights won’t bring back Brown’s brother, they do provide a bit of comfort for his family, who continues to visit the community memorial created for Derrick.
“It speaks to the people of Denver. That’s how Denver is. Everybody loves everybody. It’s a great place to live and people care,” Brian Brown said.