Special to the Tribune-Courier
A new traffic signal was activated last Friday in Calvert City at the site where a crash on May 30 claimed the life of a Lyon County teen.
Alexandrea “Allie” Kirtley, 16, died shortly after noon that day at U.S. 62 and Kennedy Drive/Campbell Lane. She would have been a junior at Lyon County High School this year.
The state Transportation Cabinet installed the signal two weeks ago and left it in yellow flashing mode to allow motorists time to become familiar with the location. The speed limit, which had been 55 mph in May, was also reduced to 45 miles per hour through the congested zone that is just west of the Interstate 24/U.S. 62 Exit 27 interchange.
The traffic signal at that intersection could save others the heartbreak Vicki Kirtley, Allie’s mother, is going through now and will endure the rest of her life.
That was Vicki Kirtley’s motivation when she pressed the state Transportation Cabinet to make that intersection safer.
“I wouldn’t want anyone ... to go through what we go through,” she said. “I understand it was God’s plan, but it’s still tough every day, and I just hope that it (the signal) makes a difference in somebody else’s life, that it prevents another accident or tragedy. There can’t be anything but positive that comes out of it.
“After the accident, I thought, ‘What difference could I make so no one else would feel like this?’ I was just a mom on a mission,” Kirtley said.
Allie Kirtley, who worked at Kentucky Dam Marina, was returning from McDonald’s in Calvert City, where she had gone to pick up lunch for herself and her co-workers, when the crash occurred, her mother said.
Vicki looks at photos of Allie now and thinks, “I just wonder what happened?” But she knows she likely will never know the answer.
“She (Allie) did pull out in front of him (the truck driver who hit her car).”
Vicki Kirtley does know that phone records show Allie was not on the phone at the time.