Supply chain shortage delays installation of traffic lights on deadly highway, authorities say

An Avalon Park mother says she fears more drivers will be killed as residents wait for a traffic light to be installed in their neighborhood.

Bernadette Thompson says her 23-year-old daughter, Kayla Marie, was killed in an accident at Avalon Park Blvd. and Perdido Drive in 2019. Even as she waits for the county to install a traffic light, she says more people are being killed here. “Still many accidents on this road, due to speeding, reckless driving, distraction,” she said. “A few weeks ago a guy was driving too fast on this road and got killed driving a box truck and crashed into the wall.”

Orange County Public Works has determined that a traffic light should be installed near Avalon Park Blvd and Pellicer Drive, where a teenager was killed in 2017. However, supply chain delays have delayed the project, according to the agency. They say the contractor is unable to provide a specific date for the installation of the traffic lights.

“It’s something that’s out of my control. It’s something in the process, I know it’s happening. It’s just a matter of time.”

The county has already installed additional speed limit signs and pavement markings, but as Bernadette prepares for an event in memory of her daughter, she wants to remind others to slow down, before a no one else loses their life.

“My daughter lost hers. So I think it’s a good thing she would want to do is try to save other people’s lives.”

The Kayla Marie Thompson Memorial Safe Driving event will be held May 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Goldenrod Recreation Center. 4863 North Goldenrod Rd.

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