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City seeks approval from DOT for traffic-control measures at First Street, Richey Avenue

Daily Press Staff Writer

After a recent car crash left a local man dead, city officials are looking to gain approval from the Department of Transportation to install traffic lights at the intersection of First Street and Richey Avenue in Artesia.

Eighty-five-year-old Robert Aguilar died as a result of a side-impact car crash that took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8. He was traveling east on Richey Avenue in his white 1990 Buick when he struck a 2000 Cadillac SUV that was heading south on First Street.

According to stats released by the Artesia Police Department, the incident marked the 10th car crash in one year at the intersection. In addition to the fatality, four of the crashes resulted in injuries.

“There is no denying that this intersection has its problems,” said Sgt. Lindell Smith of the APD. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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