Highland residents petition city for traffic light after serious crash in intersection

Posted at 9:33 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 10:26:39-04

HIGHLAND, Utah -- A mother is hospitalized and her daughter is fighting for her life after a bad accident at a dangerous intersection in Highland Monday night.

Stu Anderson told FOX 13 News that doctors aren’t sure whether his 16-year-old daughter of Lone Peak will survive.

The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. Maylee Anderson was driving with her mother to the store when they were t-boned on Highland Boulevard. Both were air lifted to separate hospitals. Maylee’s mom is expected to recover but remains at Intermountain Medical Center.

Maylee’s future is still uncertain.

Stu Anderson has been at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for 24 hours.

“It’s hard being here, with my daughter while my wife is in Murray, but I left her to come here because the doctors said I needed to be here,” Stu Anderson said.

It's an intersection that has seen bad crashes before and now the community is asking for change.

Several residents were on the corner with their children Tuesday afternoon. Residents say merging onto Highland Boulevard from 11800 North is difficult.

Highland resident Julie Brinkerhoff said she’s experienced and seen enough close calls to know something must be done.

“Three years ago there was a serious accident here with a girl, 16, that lives in the neighborhood that has had lasting effects. She’s not the same, she survived but barely,” Brinkerhoff said.

Brinkerhoff has reached out to the Highland City mayor and city council and drafted a petition to put a traffic light at that intersection.

Click here to view the petition.

“Hopefully it will slow down motorists as they drive and just make it a bit safer,” Brinkerhoff said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe link to help cover the medical care costs.

The father and husband, Stewart, has set up a Facebook page where he is posting updates about the conditions of his wife and daughter.