ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — There have been major safety changes to one of the busiest intersections in Anne Arundel County. They come less than a year after a teenage girl died trying to cross Ritchie Highway.
Adam May spoke with her family.
When the accident happened, there were no crosswalks. The teenager tried crossing, was hit by a car and thrown more than 100 feet.
Patty Mohr uses a new crosswalk at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Magothy Bridge. Last July, her niece, 17-year-old Kara Micciche died here, hit by a car when she was running across the street from a carnival with her boyfriend.
“I broke this leg all the way through my tibia and fibula. All my tendons were severed there and further up,” said Sean Snyder.
Snyder is still recovering and doesn’t remember the accident. He’s one of many of Kara’s friends and family on hand for the unveiling of the safety improvements. They include button-activated countdown signs and clearly marked crossing lanes on this busy stretch of road.
“I wish it had been here when they had to cross, but I’m glad it’s here now,” said Kara’s aunt, Patty Mohr.
“I’m hoping other families don’t go through what we went through and lives will be saved,” Snyder said.
Kara Micciche’s spirit lives on. Months before the accident, she insisted on becoming an organ donor. She helped seven people, including one young woman who now has Kara’s heart.
The family now campaigns in favor of organ donation. If you’d like to sign up, click here.