Friends remember Tony Le, call for changes at dangeorus intersection

4:09 PM, Feb 24, 2013   |    comments
  • 21-year old Tony Le was killed while trying to exit Pellissippi Parkway onto Hardin Valley Road
  • Sunday morning, loved ones held a candle-lit ceremony in Le's honor
    
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Friends of a Knoxville man killed in a car accident one year ago this weekend gathered at the intersection where he died.

Last February, 21-year old Tony Le was killed while trying to exit Pellissippi Parkway onto Hardin Valley Road.  According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, his car veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and was t-boned by another vehicle.

Sunday morning, loved ones held a candle-lit ceremony in Le's honor.  Friends say the UT student was studying accounting at the University of Tennessee.

"He was always a happy person," remembered close friend Kim Lieu. "Very loving and caring, a family oriented and religious guy."

Lieu says the intersection where Le died is the site of many other accidents.

"I've actually lost some friends on this ramp," she said. "Cars flipping, cars hitting each other, accident after accident."

Now, she and others are working to draw more attention to the area in the hope something can be done to change the roads.

"I don't know if it is the pavement, or if it just needs a median done, but it is a dangerous ramp," she said.

Matthew Meador knew Le from their time together as students at Pellissippi State Community College. He says the area surrounding the school continues to grow, creating more problems at nearby intersections.

"... which just adds to the amount of cars that travel these roads," he said.

"I just would like to see something progress, as far as different engineering of the on-and-off ramps for not only the Hardin Valley exit, but for Lovell Road exits, [and] Dutchtown exits, because they're all the same."

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