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Family pushing for changes to North Georgia intersection after deadly crash

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A deadly accident has one North Georgia family pushing for changes at a Walker County intersection. A 66-year-old man lost his life in December when a driver ran a stop sign. It happened at the intersection of Highway 27 and Georgia Highway 151, right before the Chattooga County line.

"A real tremendous person, there," says Ken Willerton.

Danny Jeter was a well-known figure at the Battlefield Golf Club in Ringgold. The news of his sudden loss hit his golfing buddies, like Ken Willerton, especially hard.          

"I hate to see him go. It was a shock to everybody when we heard about it out here," says Willerton.

Jeter's SUV was broadsided as he traveled North on Highway 27 around 7 o'clock on the evening of December 13th. A driver in another car ignored the stop sign on Highway 151, hitting Jeter's SUV on the right side, causing it to flip. Willerton says his heart breaks for Jeter's family.

"Hopefully they can put pieces back together again," he says.

Jeter's daughter has since started an online petition hoping to bring improvements to the 27-151 intersection.

"Those strips, maybe? Or a light would definitely be good because then they'd have to stop," says Steven Krebs.

It is exactly what Jeter's family is pushing for: for rumble strips, a caution light or a red light to be installed.. One person posted to the petition: "If only one life is saved it's worth it."

"I don't like crossing it to go. Sometimes I'll go the long way around just so I don't have to go across it," says Krebs.

Drivers like Steven Krebs say they have seen many close calls at the intersection.

"They come fast and people don't pay attention when they're crossing," he says.

"Myself, I have seen it, so many different situations," says Sunny, who works at a gas station near the intersection.

'Sunny' says over the past year he has seen at least three to four "really bad accidents."

"They need an actual sign back over here saying there is a stop sign ahead or they need a red lights," he says.

"There would be way less crashes I'm sure," says Krebs.

Jeter's daughter says she has reached out to the Georgia Department of Transportation and is waiting to hear back.

As for the crash, it is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. GSP says charges could be filed once its reconstruction team presents its findings to the District Attorney. 
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