Brunswick Woman Killed in Causeway Crash

Brunswick Woman Killed in Causeway Crash

There are 28 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Mar 26, 2008, titled Brunswick Woman Killed in Causeway Crash. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

A Brunswick woman died in a head-on collision on the F.J. Torras Causeway Monday night.

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William

Denver, NC

#22 Mar 27, 2008
Blogwatcher wrote:
What happened to personal accountability? Stop blaming the DOT and put the blame where it belongs. After living here for 15 years, I see people driving like maniacs on the causeway just to get where they are going two minutes sooner. If the police will start giving more tickets to locals for driving in an unsafe manner we wouldn't need a concrete barrier. If the people that drive the causeway would OBEY THE LAWS - both speed and drinking - we wouldn't need a barrier and we wouldn't have to look at "dead bodies or barriers" instead of the marsh. Grow up people - blame yourself not our government for your lousy actions.
What would you suggest the victims do?
People who obey the law...they get killed too.
The barriers are needed because this is not a perfect world.
Family Friend

Katy, TX

#23 Mar 28, 2008
Pastor Linda Shanks will be deeply missed. Her time here on earth blessed us all. She has left behind a loving family and a host of friends. The vision of her church, Metro Church and the school she began, Possibility Christian School, add to her legacy. As she is now in heaven we will continue her work here to further bless those in our community whom she loved so much!
God Bless you Pastor

Since: Jan 08

Saint Augustine, FL

#24 Mar 29, 2008
I remember when Chris Rickenbach, a high school senior headed to college on a football scholarship, was killed in 1965. How many other senseless, tragic deaths on the causeway since them ?

Put up the concrete barrier - NOW !!
Native

Athens, GA

#25 Mar 29, 2008
Blogwatcher wrote:
What happened to personal accountability? Stop blaming the DOT and put the blame where it belongs. After living here for 15 years, I see people driving like maniacs on the causeway just to get where they are going two minutes sooner. If the police will start giving more tickets to locals for driving in an unsafe manner we wouldn't need a concrete barrier. If the people that drive the causeway would OBEY THE LAWS - both speed and drinking - we wouldn't need a barrier and we wouldn't have to look at "dead bodies or barriers" instead of the marsh. Grow up people - blame yourself not our government for your lousy actions.
I agree completely!!! I heard she was drinking.

Since: Jan 08

Saint Augustine, FL

#26 Mar 29, 2008
Well, IF that is true, then she would have messed up her car hitting the concrete barrier and 2 people would still be alive.

Put up the concrete barrier - NOW !!
Susan McLerran

Austin, TX

#27 Mar 31, 2008
My comments about this horrible accident seems futile to many, but I need to express my sorrow to the Shanks family. Unfortunately, many who read these comments will never know the real tragedy behind Linda Shanks' life story. I was a member of Metro Church when her late husband, Richard, was killed in a head-on collision with a dump truck. This is a tragedy to this family, especially for Rachel and Richard Lee. I am so sorry for your loss. I know her vision for Metro Church and the school she started will live on in her honor.
To Rachel and Richard Lee: I know your Dad is so proud of you and who you have become as adults. Now your Mom and Dad are together forever in Heaven. I love you and know that my heart breaks for your loss, once again. My prayers are with you.
Jennifer

United States

#28 Apr 1, 2008
I used to attend Metro Church with my Mom, and lived next door to Linda for many years-She was the nicest person I've know, always willing to help anyone. You will be deeply missed!
Wise 1

Brunswick, GA

#29 Apr 27, 2008
Witness wrote:
I saw the accident happen right before my eyes - it was a speeding east bound pickup truck that caused the silver Nissan to react and swerve into oncoming westbound traffic and hit the blue Acura SUV. It was a sight I will never forget! It's a shame both parties were effected by someone's rush to get somewhere. At the angle and speed she hit, a barrier would have still sent her into the other oncoming lane. My heart goes out to the families - I wish I could have done more to help at the accident. Seatbelts save lives! The 3-year old was secured in a car seat, but Ms. Shanks was not buckled in the rear seat.
I drive the causeway several times a week to go to work out on the island. The sheer amount of people who lack concern about speed and safety blows my mind. I for one go the speed limit and am very cautious, I will not rush on account of the idiots around me wanting me to do so, I will not risk my life or the lives of others.

I am all for upped patrol on the causeway and I for one cheer officers every time I see them take down a driver who is acting dangerous or stupid.

Barriers may not be a total solution but they sure would help. Too many people have died already out there, something has to be done to slow people down and make them think, whatever the solution is, I am all for it.

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