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Changes come to intersection after fatality

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The City of Roanoke will be making safety-related changes to the intersection near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where Dr. Gerry Schertz was killed on November 29th after being struck by a vehicle.

WSLS-10 has learned that the Roanoke Department of Public Works will install pedestrian signals and push buttons at three intersections along Jefferson street. The work will take place where Jefferson intersects with McClanahan Street, Weller Avenue and Reserve Avenue.

The City and Carilion had been working together on safety issues in the area for more than a year, but began re-evaluating the need for upgraded crossings after Schertz, a long-time physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care, was struck and killed while walking across the street.

WSLS 10's Karen McNew will be following up on this story Thursday (January 23) at 6 p.m. with more on the time table for the safety improvements and reaction from the medical community.