Business owners say Tigerland intersection has always been dangerous

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BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) – Two business owners, with nearly 30 years experience serving Tigerland, told NBC Local 33 that the intersection of Nicholson Rd. and Bob Petit Drive has always been dangerous.

“It’s not safe to be honest with you,” said the owner of Stripes Food Market, Hayjar Sadkhan.

One LSU student was stuck and killed by a SUV while crossing Nicholson Rd. on July 16.

“There are a lot of accidents over here,” said Raj Parakh who owns and operates Tigerland Market. “Normally, they happen in the nighttime.”

The speed limit on Nicholson Rd. near Tigerland is reduced to 45 miles per hour, whereas it is 55 miles per hour outside of the immediate area.

Parakh and Sadkhan said they believe safety improvements could be made on the roadways near Tigerland.

“Have a little more lighting over here, that’s number one,” said Parakh.

More than 41 pedestrians have been hit by vehicles on or around LSU’s campus over the last five years, according to the Manship Statehouse Bureau.

The investigation regarding the most recent death of an LSU student crossing the roadway near Tigerland remains under investigation, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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