LEE COUNTY, Fla.- David Vanaman was seriously injured in a crash on his scooter less than a day after a new intersection opened at Briarcliff Road and Metro Parkway last year.
Now he's speaking out, as crews begin to install a traffic light at the controversial intersection.
Still with his sense of humor intact, Vanaman describes the last year of his life since that crash in October 2012. "I feel like I aged about 30 years, so yea I thought this is how old people were. I don't drive anymore and it's hard to focus on things," he says. "I still have a long way to go. I don't walk very well, I walk with a cane, but doing much better."
Since his accident, Vanaman and his laywer Randall Spivey have made it their mission to make the intersection safer. Now, they're seeing that come to light, as crews install a traffic signal at the busy roadway.
Spivey says, "this is what we fought for. Unfortunately it took an accident to do this but my thought all along was they prematurely opened the intersection." Vanaman says, "very pleased, I wish it had been there a year ago but it's good. It will be a much safer intersection. We travel that road- we came down that road today. But it needs to have a light and I'm glad there's one there."
FDOT says crews expect to finish work on the traffic light in about 7-10 days, but it's not known yet when the light will be functional.