Neighbors call for MLK Jr. Parkway and I-95 interchange safety improvements after serious crash

Person hit by car on on stretch of road known for dangerous, deadly crashes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One person was seriously hurt when they were struck by a car on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and the I-95 Interchange Wednesday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol told Action News Jax they're still investigating what happened.

Tyrone Stingley has lived just off of MLK Jr. Parkway for two years.

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He told us he wasn't surprised to hear there was a bad crash near the ramp to I-95 North.

"No you see it all the time, it's usually cars not pedestrians, but you see cars. There are accidents down there all the time," Stingley said.

FHP told us a person was hit while walking along the interchange and taken to UF Health.

That same morning, we spotted a man walking along the on-ramp as cars sped by on I-95 North.

Back in 2017 Action News Jax told you about Dylan Iszard, a 13-year-old boy that died when a Jeep slammed into his father's car.

They were trying to turn onto the I-95 North Ramp from MLK Jr. Parkway.

In 2015, we reported on a deadly motorcycle accident and at least 26 crashes in that same area.

Stingley said that the interchange isn't the only problem. He says a lot of people have issues when they're getting off MLK Jr. Parkway and on to Main Street.

"You have a blind spot to where there's accidents all the time because you can't really see the beside you coming up," he said.

Stingley said in the last few years, he's seen a lot of accidents on MLK Jr. Parkway and very little improvements done to make the street safer.

"I think it probably needs to put a little better lighting, some signage, you know," Stingley said.

We did reach out to FDOT and they said MLK Jr. Parkway will see interchange improvements on the I-95 Northbound ramp by 2022-2023, but they couldn't give us specifics on what those improvements would be.

FHP said this year alone, there's been nearly 200 crashes at the intersection of I-95 and MLK Jr. Parkway and people were hurt in 45 of those crashes. READ THE FULL REPORT

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