New Start Teacher concerned about Burien intersection after two students hit
New Start High School Science Teacher Bev Mowrer is concerned about a Burien intersection after two of her students were involved in a car crash last week.
Mowerer told The B-Town Blog that her students were leaving New Start (located at 614 SW 120th Street) on Thursday night, Feb. 16, after helping at the Kiwanis Club Baked Potato Dinner, which ended at 8:30 p.m.
“They were driving west on SW 120th towards Ambaum Blvd. SW, when they stopped at the sign (at 12th Ave SW),” she said. “They looked for oncoming traffic and when they looked to the left, no cars were on the short cut off road, and nothing was coming from the right, so they proceeded through the intersection but were plowed into on the driver’s side by a car that had taken the cut-off.”
Luckily there were no major injuries, but both cars were totaled; here are photos of the cars involved in the accident (click images to see larger versions):
This is the car the students were in:
This is the vehicle that crashed into them:
The cut-off in question is 12th Ave SW, which heads north in a straightforward direction from Ambaum near the Salmon Creek Ravine. This is where Ambaum has an S-shaped turn, just north of Schick Shadel Hospital. The speed limit on Ambaum in that area is 35mph:
Here are photos of the intersection (click images to see larger versions):
“I have heard students complain about that intersection for years, as drivers and walkers,” she added. “I am wondering what the community thinks about making it an all-way stop. I think it will make the intersection MUCH safer. I am very concerned about this particular intersection.”
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