MAPLETON, Ill. -- A young mom, 21-year-old Kaitlyn Hines of Pekin, was killed Thursday as she was turning left onto State Route 24 at Cameron Lane. The car accident happened around noon.
Many people familiar with that road call the intersection a 'death trap'. They want stoplights to be added.
Brian Asbell agrees, but says it takes multiple agencies to make that happen. He adds that it's the Illinois Department of Transportation that has the final say on these type of changes.
"A solution in my opinion is to have stoplights at these intersections. The Sheriff doesn't have that authority to put the stoplights in, but this is something we will work with IDOT and press our point on trying to get these traffic control devices at these intersections" says Asbell.
IDOT says they don't have any accident rates at that location available at this time.
One positive note from the accident, thanks to a carsear, Hines' one-year-old son survived with only minor injuries. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says it 'literally' saved his life.