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Push for stoplight at Spencer Co. intersection one step closer

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The push for a stoplight where a Spencer County high school student died is one step closer to happening. 

You'll soon find papers posted around Rockport to announce a public hearing with INDOT that's set for June 4.

It's a meeting that's been months in the making.

"My child was taken from me and I know INDOT says there's not enough traffic and stuff you know, but we've had one child die and that's one too many," mother Jamie Hogston said. 

The intersection right in front of South Spencer High School always worried Jamie Hogston. When her son, Jacob Hamilton, began driving to school, she worried even more.

"I always, you know, extra cautious, watch. It just wasn't enough unfortunately," Hogston said.

Now, a wreath sits at that intersection. Placed there by a mother who doesn't want any other parent to have to suffer the loss of a child.

"How many do they want? You know, it's just a traffic light," Hogston said.

Hogston is helping to lead a push to get this caution light taken down and a stop light put up, in hopes of slowing down traffic and making this intersection safer.

"I know it will be an inconvenience to some people, but if it was their child and they were going through what I did, it's a very minor inconvenience," Hogston said.

The day Jacob was killed, Natasha Boyer, whose daughter attends South Spencer, jumped into action and started an online petition.

"We gathered over 1,800 signatures within a weeks time," Boyer said.

Now, Boyer's request for a public hearing with INDOT has been granted, giving this mother some hope that more lives won't be lost.

"There's not a whole lot INDOT can do for me but if they can get that light up there and keep this from happening to any other family," Hogston said.

IDOT has made some changes to that area. Some new signs have been put up and the speed limit has been reduced from 50 to 45 miles per hours.  

But, some residents say that's still not enough. If you would like to attend that public hearing, it's set for June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at South Spencer High School.

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