Residents want action after fatal crash in Fayetteville

April 18, 2012 2:18:11 PM PDT
A Fayetteville road with a dangerous reputation has been the site of another fatal accident.

The latest crash happened Sunday on Lakewood Drive. Twenty-four-year-old Peter Thompson lost control of his car, hit a ditch and flipped over. He was ejected and died at the scene.

"Literally, when your car goes into that ditch, you come to a dead stop," said Christine Macko , who has lived in one of the neighborhoods off Lakewood Drive for the past two years. "Every single time, they flip over. I don't know why there really aren't guardrails here."

A small memorial is now growing where Thompson lost his life. It's about a quarter mile from another collection of flowers and sports memorabilia in place for 16-year-old Ronald Williams. The Jack Britt High School basketball player died in June when he lost control and overturned his car.

Lakewood Drive is a two lane road where traveling faster than the posted speed limit could spell disaster.

"Put all those factors together, the size of the road, the way the road is laid out -- curvy -- and it being a little dark out there," said Eric Dow, with the Fayetteville Police Department. "If you're not on your Ps and Qs out there, it could be a recipe for disaster for sure."

Investigators said speed was a factor in both fatalities.

Police warn drivers to obey the speed limit on Lakewood Drive, especially at night.

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