Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says more needs to be done to keep drivers safe at a dangerous intersection just blocks away from the Bank of America Stadium. The same intersection where he crashed one year ago today.
The wreck could have easily ended his career. Even his life.
A year ago today, his truck flipped several times which landed him in the hospital with two fractures to his lower back. We're talking about the intersection at South Church and West Hill streets. It's ranked the second most dangerous intersection in Charlotte. The city just put in pavement markings, but Newton says it's not enough.
The quarterback still wears his hospital bracelet to remember the day when his life turned upside down.
"On it, it says ‘never forget your journey.’ It's a humbling reminder," said Newton.
Even now, a year later, he thinks about the accident every time he passes through the intersection.
"It's a constant reminder. I got a couple of texts from close friends and family. A reminder to never take anything for granted. Just a simple i love you, appreciation to the next person, goes a long way," said the quarterback.
Shortly after the wreck, the city did make some changes. It put in a bigger stop sign and reflector tape on the stop sign pole. But a few weeks ago Newton said he wanted to see more.
"There's not a light there. I think there should be a light there.”
The city says it just installed pavement markings on Tuesday, but doesn't plan to do any other improvements to the intersection.
The number of accidents there has gone down since the bigger stop sign was put up. Going from 12 crashes in 2014 to less than half of that this year.
The quarterback says more should be done.
"If people are still getting into accidents. It isn't better."
The city says 10,600 cars cross through this intersection every day. Crashes here are lower this year than they have been since before 2012.