Family member of Addis car wreck victim speaks out

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:29pm

ADDIS, LA (FOX) — The aunt and grandmother of Mona Jewell's fiance are now both dead, following an accident at the intersection of LA Highway 1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis. The two woman had just left a Christmas gathering at their home.

"Minutes after they left the house, we get a call, so we were first on the scene," said Jewell's. "We witnessed that, and it's been non stop ever since."

They just moved to the subdivision a few months back and were initially excited about starting fresh in the up-and-coming Sugar Mill Plantation neighborhood. Those feelings of excitement faded fast.

"Our feeling start to change," Jewell's said. "We're afraid to invite people in our home, because of the dangers."

Everyone in the community seems to share those feelings. It doesn't take long to find others like Ora Provo, who've also been involved in accidents at the intersection.

"I think the intersection is very dangerous and we need a red light," Provo said.

A rally was held last week by residents. Dozens waved signs and pressured DOTD to install a traffic signal to cut down on the danger.

Parents with children that drive, are especially worried.

"Everyday it's normal to say 'Adam, be careful, make sure you can see.,'" said Tonya Genre, who has a 16-year-old son. "(It'd) be nice not to have to do that."

DOTD said because of the amount of traffic at the intersection, a "J-Turn" will be installed and not a traffic signal. Work is scheduled to start in the spring.

 

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