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Residents petitioning for stoplight at intersection with two fatal accidents in 10 days

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The Fenton Fire Department was called to the crash on Highway 30 and West Watson around 11:10 a.m. The Fenton Fire Department was called to the crash on Highway 30 and West Watson around 11:10 a.m.
The Fenton Fire Department was called to the crash on Highway 30 and West Watson around 11:10 a.m. The Fenton Fire Department was called to the crash on Highway 30 and West Watson around 11:10 a.m.

FENTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The intersection at West Watson and Highway 30 has been the scene of two fatal accidents in a 10-day span. The intersection has caused problems when a car turns left in front of traffic that is routinely going 55 miles per hour or more. .

Phyllis Salvaggio, mother of the 22-year-old victim of a fatal accident there on November 13 is campaigning for a stoplight.

Salvaggio said her son, Scott Marek, was a great kid and soon-to-be father.

“He was an avid skateboarder, loved skateboarding. [He] loved life, lived everyday to the fullest," she said.

Marek and his friend Waylon Caldwell were killed when their car struck a pickup that turned in front of them at the intersection. Salvaggio relived the tragedy after a similar accident in the same place on Monday.

"Just the pain of remembering what it felt like when they came to my work and told me my son was gone. I just can’t imagine another family going through what we just did."

Sunset Hills police said the intersection doesn't have a history of frequent fatal accidents, but drivers say the are is very dangerous and has a high risk of crashes.

News 4 contacted MoDOT who said they’re concerned about the fatal accidents and will review the police reports to see if there are safety issues. But hundreds have already signed an online petition calling for a stoplight at the intersection.

"Two accidents identical to each other within 10 days and we have three dead children,” Salvaggio said. “Something obviously needs to be done."

MoDOT said the accident report they'll receive will be very detailed and will give them more insight on whether the layout, speeds or visibility at that intersection played a role.

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