Teen's Death Becomes Catalyst For Change

CHENEY - Community members in Cheney are pushing for safety improvements at the intersection of Cheney-Spokane Road and Highway 195 after the death of a 16-year-old girl at that intersection.

Lorissa Green was killed when she pulled into the intersection and her car was t-boned by a pickup truck. Now there's a movement underway called the Lorissa Green Light Project in her honor to try and get a traffic light at the intersection.

Not a day goes by that Lorissa's mom Debi Hammel doesn't think about her daughter. It will be three weeks on Friday that she learned of her daughter's death in a car crash.

"I don't want any other family to go through what we just did," Hammel said.

The Cheney High School student was heading to Spokane to baby sit her cousins on January 16th when she was broadsided by a pickup. Now her family and the community want to see changes.

"Just trying to have a cause at this point and make something good out of something so horrible," Debi Hammel said. "I want to know that my own children that are still driving are safe when the leave work or home or where ever and they have to go through that intersection."

Hammel and those living in the community say a traffic signal, a turn lane built further down the road or even lowering the speed limit might save lives.

"I'd like to see some short-term stuff occur to make that intersection safer for people," Hammel said.

Next week this community plans to rally together to find a solution to the traffic problem at Cheney-Spokane Road and Highway 195, They're having a public meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Giggling Guest Day Care on Cheney-Spokane Road.

In the meantime the City of Spokane says it's working with the Department of Transportation to fund an interchange in the area but that's not expected to happen for several months.