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.

Comments (8)
  1. queen says:

    It won’t mean a damm thing as long as there are distractions so close as that carnival to the highway, kids walking in the middle of the road with earphones & loud music or talking on their cell phones.

  2. MD Resident says:

    This is a very tragic and sad incident, however even with the cross walk signals and marked cross walks, I am sure there will be many jay walking incidents next summer at the carnival. In all of my years of driving thru that intersection with the exception of the carnival, i have never seen any pedestrian traffic at that intersection. What a waste of money for all of the intersection upgrades for a politically motivated PR event.

  3. Max says:

    The first question is why does it always take a dead child to get the politicians to get off their fat butts and do something? The second is the media, and the family for that matter, giving them a free pass for painting lines and upgrading the walk lights. That should have been replaced with a pedestrian bridge over the roadway. Leave to the gubbermint to do the minimum. Too busy feeding at the tax trough I guess.

    1. Captain Obvious says:

      i was with you for the first few lines Max. But a ped bridge would be horrible for there. What they did is enough. People just need to be more careful about what they do.

      1. gorillaman says:

        A pedestrian bridge would just be used to toss debris onto cars. People are to effin lazy to cross & besides, that intersection I have seen maybe 10 people cross at that light in maybe 40 years.

  4. Jes says:

    Fact is if you don’t use the cross walk it isn’t going to matter. If you notice where the cross is placed, which I assume is where she was hit, you notice that there are hardly any street lights there making it very dark. Had they walked up to where the traffic signal is in the first place and had crossed there more than likely the driver would have been able to see them and they could have avoided this whole tradgedy. Maybe instead of lobbying for crosswalks the family should be going to schools and teaching kids about how to cross the street.

  5. MD Resident says:

    How about teaching kids to cross at traffic signals instead of doing whatever they want, whenever they want. I think it would save more lives than a crosswalk.

  6. gorillaman says:

    Nothing will change because drivers drive to fast everywhere as if they are the most important person on the planet & kids because they think they’re invincible & it only happens to others & not them.

Leave a Reply