MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Residents say they've begged the Florida Department of Transportation for a traffic light at the intersection where two teens were killed this past weekend.
- Fatal crash happened Saturday in Greyhawk Landing community
- People who live there say they have asked for changes to intersection
- Related: Two teens killed in collision on SR 64
FDOT says it has already taken measures to make that intersection safer and has plans to do more in about five years.
Lakewood Ranch High School students and families are coping with the loss of 17-year-old Chase Coyner and 15-year-old Matthew Powers. They were killed in a crash on Saturday.
Troopers said Coyner was making a left hand turn onto Pope Road in the Greyhawk Landing community and didn't see a pickup truck that crashed into their car.
Residents have complained about the dangerous intersection on State Road 64 for a couple of years.
FDOT says it added a "directionalized medium" -- white posts -- that prevent people from turning left onto State Road 64. That change was made earlier this year.
There were 17 accidents last year at that intersection and have been seven so far this year.
The FDOT also plans to add a roundabout in 2023.
But some residents say that's not fast enough.
"If we're getting a roundabout down the street for another three to five years, what is that going to do for the time being right now when you see this influx in traffic?" said resident Lucas Levine.
"There really needs to be some sense of urgency," he said.
Residents say what they really want is a traffic light at the intersection.
But FDOT says its studies show a roundabout is better. It is planning on adding a few roundabouts on State Road 64 that will slow down traffic.