Parents petition VDOT to put stoplight at dangerous Dinwiddie intersection

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The parents of two high school students involved in a deadly January crash in Dinwiddie are calling on VDOT to install a traffic light at the intersection where the crash happened.

Eighteen-year-old Dinwiddie High student Brandon Cornett was attempting to cross Route 460 at Courthouse Road on January 23 when his car was t-boned.

His friend and classmate, Dakota Reid, was in the passenger seat, and died. 

A month later, Cornett is still in the hospital, learning how to walk again after suffering a major brain injury.

“There’s been enough lives lost at this intersection that a stop light would only help in the future,” said Chris Cornett, Brandon’s father.

“There’s nothing it would hurt besides costing somebody two minutes of their time.”

Cornett was one of more than 1700 people to sign an online petition started by John Reid, Dakota’s father.

“I truly believe they did not see the car coming whatsoever,” Reid said.

Reid attended a public meeting held by VDOT officials last week where they shared a proposal to install a U-turn near the intersection so that drivers will not have to cross oncoming traffic.

But Reid said the intersection, although not in a school zone, is too close to several schools. He said busses and trucks will not be able to safely make one.

“All you’ve done is moved the accident,” Reid said. 

“They need to slow the people down, put rumble strips down and have them come to a complete stop.”

A spokesperson for VDOT says the department has not yet made a decision on what to do. 

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