A dangerous intersection in Wethersfield is in the spotlight after a woman in her 70s was hit by a car and died Tuesday night.
The incident was reported near the intersection of Wolcott Hill Road and Beverly Road around 6:40 p.m. Police said Josefa Mariposque, 72, of Wethersfield was trying to cross the street when she was hit by a car traveling northbound.
Mariposque suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to area hospital, where she died from her injuries.
"It's very sad, to have something happen here like this," said the victim's neighbor, Sandra Rizzo.
Mariposque was well known in the area and worked at Leo's Pizza for the past seven years. She usually walked home from work each night.
Residents said the area has always been a problem with the amount of traffic, only one stop sign and no crosswalk.
"Traffic does not stop at the stop sign," Rizzo said.
Residents said they want either a flashing light, a regular traffic light or stop signs put up with the pedestrian crossings.
According to Department of Transportation statistics, there have been more than 200 crashes on the two-mile stretch of road since 2007. The top three causes of crashes were following too closely, failure to grant right of way and drivers losing control of their vehicles.
The crash is under investigation by police. No charges have been filed at this time. Anyone with any information on the crash is asked to call the Wethersfield Police Department at 860-721-2900.
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