20 killed running red lights in Lubbock since 2004

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 at 10:57 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 4, 2016 at 12:09 AM CST
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Colette Escobedo and her unborn son lost their lives back in March
Colette Escobedo and her unborn son lost their lives back in March
Cassandra Rodriguez
Cassandra Rodriguez

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two cities in Texas made the top ten list of cities that have the highest number of red light fatalities, according to National Coalition for Safer Roads.

Houston ranked No. 1 and Dallas is No. 7.

Here in the Hub City, more than 20 fatalities have happened since 2004 because drivers have failed to stop at red lights.

Colette Escobedo and her unborn son lost their lives back in March at the intersection of Marsha Sharp and Interstate 27 because a driver failed to stop at a red light. This is one of three that have happened so far this year.

Cassandra Rodriguez, Escobedo's cousin, says although it's been months since she said goodbye to her best friend and cousin, the wound is still open.

"She was seven months pregnant, really excited about having a boy," Rodriguez said. "She already had a little girl and I think it was something that could've been prevented."

She says knowing that Escobedo's young daughter is being taken care of gives her peace of mind.

"It's not ever going to be easier, it's just taking it day by day," she said.

Her cousin, Escobedo, was traveling west bound in her SUV when a white pickup driving north bound ran a red light and collided with her, killing Colette and her unborn child.

"For myself, I know that whenever it happened and knowing what happened and that someone ran a red light there, at that light," Rodriguez said. "I make sure to be extra cautious."

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is raising awareness with "Stop on Red Week" running from Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, 2015.

According to their website, from 2004 to 2013 there have been 18 fatalities here in Lubbock due to drivers failing to stop at red lights.

That number is lower than Midland Odessa which has 24, but it's higher than Abilene which has seven. Amarillo has 11 and Waco has 12.

As for Cassandra, she says she can't make it down towards that intersection.

"My husband works on that side of town and so I try to avoid it," Rodriguez said. "I used to go at lunch to see him and I just take a different route. The marks are all there and everything."

RELATED LINK: National Coalition for Safer Roads

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