Stop sign put at dangerous intersection, one year after deadly accident

(09/23/03) DERBY - On Tuesday, a stop sign was installed at the top of Derby Avenue. It forces drives to stop before reaching the crest of the hill and a crosswalk.

For the past year, the Woodford family has been asking for the stop sign. Last September, 31-year-old Claudia Woodford was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street. Her family says people ignore the 30 mph speed limit and need to slow down.

The Woodford family says this is by no means the solution, but rather the start. Derby police say they will periodically monitor this intersection. They are not handing out tickets yet, but they are trying to make people aware of the new stop sign.

The trial for Wade Murphy, the accused driver in the hit-and-run accident is set to go on trial in the next few weeks. Claudia Woodford's husband says he will be in the courtroom every day.

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