That intersection is dangerous enough to navigate in a motor vehicle, much less on a bicycle and at night. Sad not only for the family of the young woman who died and the young man who is injured, but also for the driver of the car that hit them. It is an experience that will leave memories and visions that will forever be in his mind. I can't imagine carrying the visions of the scene with me for the rest of my life if I were driving the vehicle that hit them. It must certainly bring on a certain level of PTSD. The same experience, recurring visions, and dreams of accident scenes that prompted me to quit the EMS business and drop my certification as an EMT and EMT instructor.
Unfortunately if a person is entering the city of Rome from the East or North, and wanting to proceed to West Rome or downtown Rome, that intersection is almost impossible to avoid. A combination of several factors created that mess. Building the fort, and the urban renewal that resulted in the closing of W. Dominick St. from James St. to George St. for the failed walking mall made navigating downtown difficult to say the least. They literally gouged the heart out of the primary business section, killed a lot of small businesses, and replaced them with two parking garages and a failed one block promenade of sorts that turned out to be nothing more than an impediment to navigation for visitors and citizens alike.