Two killed in weekend accidents

Alabama State Troopers reported two fatal accidents occurred over the weekend. Stephanie Bashell, 28, of Eclectic was killed Friday night in Elmore County, accident reports state. Full Story
Richard G

Pelham, AL

#1 Jul 3, 2006
I am very familiar with the intersection that resulted in the tragic deaths of two young people.

Many times I have seen cars continue through this intersection or slam on their brakes because it is only marked with one stop sign and it comes up on drivers suddenly after topping a small rise. At the intersection, the view of drivers coming from Seman is almost blind.

The other end of eighty towards Eclectic is just as unsafe.

I talked with a Trooper on the scene of the accident and suggested that the state mark the upcoming intersection on the pavement and that warning strips be placed on the road. He said that to do that, it was up to the county commission an it would take a lot of complaints to get that done.

Two deaths is two too many. Please call the Elmore County commission and have other concerned citizens call and demand that that intersection of hwy 80 and Grier road be made safer before there ar more tragic deaths.
Stephanie

Miami, FL

#2 Jul 5, 2006
Thank you Richard for your awareness of this incident and you are right something must be done to make this intersection safe. Regardless of the $$$$cost. No matter how much it costs it is still less that the price of a human life that so many love.

Montgomery Advertiser has also offered shallow reporting to this story. First her last name is misspelled. Second it is reported that she did not stop at the stop sign. Did any reporter ask the investigator how they know that she did not stop? there were only three people at the scene and 2 are dead. According to the state trooper they said that the driver of the speeding mustang said she did not stop. Of course he is going to say that because he does not want to take sole responsibility. The investigation is not complete.

I sincerely hope the Montgomery Advertiser will make a correction on her name spelling and furthermore do a follow up story after the investigation is complete. I would also appreciate if they would report on the danger of this intersection and rally support to have the intersection altered to be safe.
Richard G wrote:
I am very familiar with the intersection that resulted in the tragic deaths of two young people.
Many times I have seen cars continue through this intersection or slam on their brakes because it is only marked with one stop sign and it comes up on drivers suddenly after topping a small rise. At the intersection, the view of drivers coming from Seman is almost blind.
The other end of eighty towards Eclectic is just as unsafe.
I talked with a Trooper on the scene of the accident and suggested that the state mark the upcoming intersection on the pavement and that warning strips be placed on the road. He said that to do that, it was up to the county commission an it would take a lot of complaints to get that done.
Two deaths is two too many. Please call the Elmore County commission and have other concerned citizens call and demand that that intersection of hwy 80 and Grier road be made safer before there ar more tragic deaths.

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