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People asking for road changes after NYE deaths

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Friday, January 02 2015 Jan 2, 2015 January 02, 2015 8:00 AM January 02, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

WALKER - The New Year's Eve crash that left three dead on Walker South Road has residents asking for change.

Stephen Edward says in the time he's lived on the curve where the wreck happened he's counted more than 20 deaths along that stretch of road.

"A lot of families have made makeshift memorials, a lot of families drive by that curve and it brings bad memories for them," said Stephen Price, who grew up on this deadly curve.

Troopers said 24-year-old Trinity Kiger crossed the center line while driving on LA 447 south of I-12 around 8:15 p.m. and hit an oncoming SUV. Investigators said Kiger did not have his seat belt on and died from his injuries. Two passengers in the SUV, 37-year-old Shannon Chisholm and her daughter 11-year-old Hannah Chisholm, also died from their injuries. The driver and another passenger in that vehicle, the girl's father and sister, both had moderate injuries.

Last month another head-on collision claimed two lives in this same stretch. Price said his family are usually the first people on the scene. It's a lifestyle he said, has to change.

"There's been a lot of death I'm not in the rescue or emergency business, that isn't what I do, but I've seen way more wrecks, way more dead people, way more broken limbs, people trapped in cars right there in that curve than most people ever think about seeing," he said.

Price is asking for more signage along the road and something to get the attention of drivers before they get to the bend.

"From the South, there's a two three miles straightaway and the people it seems like they're just getting comfortable, their speeds are picking up they're riding and all of a sudden they come to that curve and it don't look like a bad curve but then they go into it and hey drift over into that lane and that's when the head on collision starts," Price said. "Put some signs up and if you put the flashing light going into it it's definitely under $50,000, what's a life worth even if it just saved one or two. I think you've got to make an effort."

Investigators said they did not suspect impairment on the SUV driver's part, but did not know whether Kiger was impaired or not. Blood samples were taken from both drivers for toxicology tests.

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