Posted: Aug 25, 2013 5:19 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Aug 25, 2013 7:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Neighbors want something done to prevent another person from crashing into a ditch near their homes after a man died early Sunday morning.
The crash happened around 5:40 a.m. on Merrydale Avenue near Satinwood Drive in Baton Rouge. Investigators say 22-year-old Rico Robinson ran off the roadway and crashed into a ditch while he was not wearing a seatbelt. Remnants of the crash still remain in Cameka Tousant's grandmother's yard.
"It was really bad. My grandmother... She's still just torn up behind it cause it just scared us. It really scared us. It was just like a big ole boom... you didn't know what happened," said Tousant.
Tousant went outside to see what happened and saw that Robinson ran over a fire hydrant, crashed through her grandmother's fence and ended up in a ditch.
"The next door neighbor came and went to the car and asked him was he all right... he raised up and then that was it," said Tousant.
Investigators say Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. While Tousant says the crash was a tragic event, she's thankful it wasn't worse because of the curvy road.
"It's dangerous... I mean it really is, and that's why we put the fence up cause we were scared that someone would actually come into... and it's two bedrooms right there. When we're sleeping at night it's real scary. I mean it was a blessing. The Lord was with us, because that's the only reason that the car didn't hit the house," said Tousant.
Tousant and other neighbors believe speed bumps, a guard rail or more caution signs could work to alert drivers about the bend in the road.
"There needs to be something put up to let them know they're coming into a curve, it's a dangerous curve, because these are some big ditches around here. We've never had a tragedy like this, but there's been a lot of cars pulled out of these ditches... a lot of cars had to get pulled out," said Tousant.
The posted speed limit at the curve is 15 mph, but neighbors say people unfamiliar with the curves don't pay attention, especially in the dark.