Calls for more stop signs at deadly crash site
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The family of a woman killed in an alleged impaired driving crash wants more stop signs added at the intersection where the collision took place to prevent further tragedy.
Jordyn Reimer, 24, was serving as a designated driver for a group of loved ones on May 1, when a driver in a pickup truck crashed into her vehicle at Kildare Avenue West and Bond Street.
Her family now hopes to ensure the intersection, which currently features stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic only, becomes a four-way stop for eastbound and westbound traffic.
“If my daughter, who was a law-abiding driver… (would have been required to stop) she would have stopped (and)… she would have looked (in all directions) and she might have seen the truck. That would have bought her even a second or two to avoid (it). It would have bought her that time and she would be alive today,” said Doug Reimer, Jordyn’s father. “So I felt compelled to bring this forward… Essentially, I would not want to see someone else go through what me and my family are going through.”
Since many nearby intersections on Kildare already have four-way stops, the longtime Transcona resident said he believes the site of the crash has enough traffic to warrant another one. While he acknowledges more stop signs can’t eliminate all dangers posed by impaired or dangerous drivers, Reimer said the extra warning time could save lives.
“We can’t safeguard against people who are going to break the law… but people who obey the law, it will give them… opportunity to see a potential hazard (coming),” he said.
While he admits some drivers may be frustrated if additional stop signs are erected, he expects the safety benefits would outweigh any inconvenience.
“There’s going to be people in Transcona who just say (sarcastically) ‘Aw, another stop sign, great.’ But if it saves your daughter, your wife, it is great,” said Reimer.
Transcona Coun. Shawn Nason will soon raise a motion that asks city staff to study the idea of converting the intersection into a four-way stop, while also exploring the same change for the intersections of Kildare Avenue East at Leola Street and Kildare Avenue East at Alex Taylor Drive/Edmund Gale Drive. Nason said all three intersections already have stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic but not eastbound and westbound vehicles.
Requests from the Reimer family inspired him to take action to improve the intersection where the crash took place, while other community members raised safety concerns related to the other two crossings, the councillor said.
Nason also believes slowing down traffic should provide more time for all drivers to spot other vehicles.
“It will hopefully produce a situation where we don’t have another collision of this nature in that area,” he said.
The Reimer family was not alone in requesting additional stop signs at the site of the crash, Nason said.
“I had several (requests for this) immediately following the tragic death. According to community members (who) have lived in the area for 40-plus years… there have been many situations of near misses or actual collisions at that intersection,” said Nason.
“Speed is a common (concern) that I hear about.”
Tyler Scott Goodman, 28, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, driving causing death while impaired, and failing to remain at the scene of the crash in connection with the crash.
Nason’s motion will be debated by the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee on Aug. 31. If that committee approves it, council’s public works committee will be asked to order a report on the matter, which would be due back in three months. Nason said it’s possible a decision could come sooner, if traffic data supports the changes.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Joyanne loves to tell the stories of this city, especially when politics is involved. Joyanne became the city hall reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press in early 2020.