Deadly Valdosta crash raises concerns about safety

| August 3, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – A deadly crash in Valdosta is raising questions about safety.

A vehicle struck the side of another Tuesday morning, killing 23-year-old Evan Souris from Lake Park.

It happened at the intersection of East Hill Avenue and Clay Road.

“I got out and attempted first aid the best we could, but it was just too late,” says Lt. Earl Durrance, with the Valdosta Police Department.

Durrance was on his way to work, when he drove up moments after the accident happened.

“I’ve been doing this 28 years and it never gets easier,” says Durrance. “It’s always a tough thing because one of your first thoughts is the victim and the victim’s family.”

It’s the third fatality on that road in less than a year.

Nearby residents, who wish to remain anonymous, blame the intersection.

“They’re putting a light up here, but they’re not putting up here fast enough,” says a resident, who lives on Hollywood Road.

Georgia’s Department of Transportation says it’s working on realigning Clay and Hollywood Road and putting in a traffic light at the intersection.

They also plan to add a turning lane and a bicycle lane, but there’s still no start date for the project.

“Always an accident, always. I don’t even come here most of the time. I go the other way because this is a dangerous highway.”

Residents say they need the traffic light because there’s a bad blind spot at the intersection.

In the meantime, public safety officials encourage drivers to practice safe driving.

“Whatever the cause for the crash, it’s just something that’s minute, that could’ve been avoided to keep your loved one here,” says Cpl. Chris Kelch, with Georgia State Patrol.

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  1. Robert says:

    That intersection has needed a red light ever since ADM opened. I don’t understand, with the number of tractor trailers that go through there, why there isn’t a light.