CAPE CORAL, Fla. – It was a nightmare for Michele Giggey.
“I remember the truck hitting us and I remember flipping, I was worried about the kids in the car ’cause they were screaming,” said Giggey.
Saturday morning, while trying to cross Pine Island Road to Northeast 24th Avenue, Giggey says a car trying to turn left jutted in front of her at the median, blocking her view of oncoming traffic.
When she went to cross, a truck going east on Pine Island Road slammed into her truck. Giggey’s 9-year-old son was nearly crushed on impact. He made it out with scrapes and a bruised lung. His 5-year-old sister broke her leg.
“I have a big cut down the side of my arm. I got stitches, bruised ribs,” Giggey told WINK News Monday.
The driver of the truck that hit Giggey was taken to the hospital and as of Monday afternoon remains in critical condition.
Giggey drives through the intersection every week to get home and says it scares her every time.
Cars are constantly trying to cross the busy street, which has a high speed limit (55 mph) and no traffic light.
WINK News checked with the Cape Coral Police Department and found that there’s been a total of 57 reported crashes at the intersection since 2010.
“It’s a horrible intersection, there has to be something done there,” said Giggey.
Giggey says after her terrifying experience she plans to push officials to add a stoplight.
Because Pine Island Road is a state road, adding a light would be up to the Florida Department of Transportation.
A spokesperson with FDOT tells WINK News they’re aware of the crashes at the intersection and conducted studies in 2007 and 2010, but found no trends. However, they say they plan to do more research and revisit the intersection in the near future.