Residents say intersection is deadly

April 29, 2010 4:33:57 AM PDT
A deadly crash at an intersection in Fayetteville has people who live and work near it demanding action.Residents say there are many things that make the intersection dangerous.

"We get here at 4 o'clock in the morning and sometimes we sit and watch people run that stop sign," Polly's Kitchen employee Tammy Thompson said. "I mean, they won't stop. You know just, brooooommmm, but the cops sit off where you can't see them and they get them."

Police say running the stop sign on Camden Road proved deadly for Kaleb Valliant and Thadius Markle. The two Hoke County teens died Saturday after their car was hit by another.

Polly's Kitchen employee Kimberly Capps was in the restaurant, which faces the intersection, Saturday and heard the crash.

"We heard a loud boom and I seen a Lincoln car right there and then there was an SUV that flipped a couple of times," she said. "It looked like it hit the side of that and there was a body laying right there in the road."

Homeowner Ben Cruz has lived at the intersection for 21 years. He says he sees at least one really bad crash there every year.

Cruz says what makes the intersection so bad is the fact it's only a two way stop on Camden Road. There's a sign alerting drivers the stops coming up, but many people think drivers on Cumberland Road have a stop sign too.

"Yeah we need a traffic light, because a lot of people don't know that there's a stop sign there on the Camden Road side," Cruz said. "And people just sometimes they just ignore it or they don't see it and they just go through and that's where most of the accident are happening."

Fayetteville police say they don't consider it a dangerous intersection.

In fact, state DOT records back up that claim. The last fatality was in 2005 and during the past three years there have been 21 accidents there.

Residents feel a traffic light would make the intersection safer, but at this point there's no indication that the city is considering a light.

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