Two-car crash near Kenan Fountain sends 1 to hospital; drivers c - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Two-car crash near Kenan Fountain sends 1 to hospital; drivers cited

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A two-car accident at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Market Street sent one to the hospital with head injuries Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the driver of a gold Nissan was traveling south on Fifth Avenue when he collided with a grey Honda near Kenan Fountain.

A female passenger was transported to the hospital with minor head injuries, but she appears to be OK.

According to Officer Sperling with the Wilmington Police Department, both drivers will be cited.

The driver of the Honda will be charged with a red light violation, while the driver of the gold Nissan will be charged with driving with a suspended license.

Crashes near the fountain aren't uncommon – in fact, in the past, the Department of Transportation has essentially labeled the fountain as a crash magnet, suggesting more signs or even lights.

The fountain has been hit about 20 times in the last five years, and nearly all of those crashes happened at night.

In February, older fixtures on the intersection's traffic poles and on the base of the fountain were replaced with brighter LED lights, which are also said to be more energy efficient. The light replacements cost $8,300.

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