FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The push to get a traffic light at that intersection was made possible, in part, because of an accident there that put one man in the hospital for six weeks.

David Vanaman, a father of nine, is home tonight. Surrounded by loved ones David Vanaman can certainly say "there's no place like home"


"'I'm with my family! What more could you ask for?" he said.


On October 22nd, Vanaman crashed his scooter at the intersection Briarcliff Road and Metro Parkway less than 24 hours after it opened. This pastor of Cross Way Baptist Church, and school bus driver, has no memory of the incident.

He was in a medically induced coma for days, the left side of his face suffered serious damage..

But he's making progress. He uses a walker and is undergoing intense therapy. "Just getting better. My brain is healing completely, and getting my stability back, that kind of stuff. just physical things," he said. 

The collision launched the family, along with their lawyer, into a crusade to bring a traffic light to the intersection.They're happy a light is coming, but say, it should have been there in the first place.

"I really don't understand how they can open a road like that, and not have all the safety measures in. The road is so wide. and there's just no direction," said his wife Chris. 


"It is really a dangerous intersection. It needs to be taken care of," said Vanaman. He has a long way to go but says every day is a miracle. 


"I got to get home, now I get to heal the rest of the way. I'm trusting God for that," he said. 


The pastor is looking forward to going back to the church on Sunday for the first time since the collision.     

Right now, their lawyer has hired a private engineer to pour over pages of documents regarding the Metro extension.      

The family is considering filing a lawsuit in the future.