A flashing yellow light at a deadly Bluffton intersection will remain active during late-night hours after it was changed to a red and green light during business hours following the death of a Hilton Head Island Elementary School teacher and her unborn child.
The left turn light at the intersection of westbound U.S. 278 and Buck Island Road will be a flashing yellow light from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., according to the Beaufort County Traffic and Engineering Department.
From 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. each day, the turn signal will be a regular green and red turn light.
The intersection is where Jesse Floyd, 27, and her unborn child died July 25 as she rode eastbound on U.S. 278 in a black SUV driven by her husband, Ryan Floyd. The Floyds’ vehicle was one of two that struck a vehicle turning left onto Buck Island Road. The turning vehicle stalled, according to the Bluffton Police Department. Jesse Floyd was 26 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash.
The S.C. Department of Transportation originally reported that the flashing yellow light had been turned off and did not mention certain hours where it would remain active. The decision to allow the flashing yellow to be on from 9:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. was made by the county department due to a lack of traffic during those hours.
A flashing yellow at the intersection during the later hours also decreases the chances of drivers running a red light during excessive delays, the department said.