HARRISVILLE -- Nearby residents are more than concerned after two accidents occurred at the same intersection on the same day, critically injuring one person.
Mike McLeighton has lived on the corner of Wall Avenue and North Street for 25 years and calls the intersection "the deathtrap of Ogden."
The resident said he has seen almost 100 accidents there, many of them deadly.
At 7:52 a.m. Monday, Devereaux Hallett, 18, was critically injured after being struck by a car while crossing the street.
Hallett was crossing Wall Avenue westbound at North Street on a bicycle, said Harrisville Police Chief Max Jackson. The driver of a gray Saturn sedan, Jeff Hanes, 38, was traveling northbound on Wall and ran the red light.
The victim was struck by the car and was launched 65 to 70 feet. Police estimate that the car was traveling 35 mph when it hit the bicyclist.
The accident was witnessed by a Pleasant View police officer, Jackson said.
Emergency workers transported Hallett to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition.
Hallett was not wearing a helmet, Jackson said.
Hanes was uninjured and has been cooperative in the police investigation, Jackson said.
It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved or what charges Hanes may face.
"As the weather gets warm, drivers need to be more observant, since more people are out walking," Jackson said.
A second accident occurred at North and Wall around 2:30 p.m. Monday involving five vehicles. There were no major injuries.
McLeighton said there has been an increase in accidents ever since the opening of the nearby Deseret Industries, and that although the addition of a traffic light in 2011 has curbed the number of accidents, the intensity and severity of them has increased.
"People keep trying to beat the light and put the pedal to the metal," McLeighton said. Another factor in the accidents he has seen is the continuing trend of people texting and driving.
John Padilla has lived four houses down from the intersection for 20 years and said the traffic lights aren't enough. He said there is an average of four wrecks a month at the intersection.
"There needs to be warning lights put up, something to tell cars that the lights are changing," Padilla said.
Padilla said he has had enough of the accidents and plans to put a petition together with neighbors and present it to the Ogden City Council to have those warning lights put up.