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DOT Plans Upgrades for Fatal Crash Site

Posted May 29, 2007

— The state Department of Transportation will make improvements to a local road where a Cary Academy student recently was killed in an automobile crash, authorities said Tuesday.

Johnnetta Camile Overton, 17, ran off Ligon Mill Road in her vehicle on May 11 and overcorrected, swerving into the path of an oncoming truck, police said. Police said preliminary reports show alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

People who live in the area said accidents on that stretch of road aren't uncommon. Several accidents have been reported in the area, including one just two hours after the crash that killed Overton.

Because of that, the DOT plans to improve the shoulders of the road and install new warning signs to ensure drivers approaching a bend in the road exercise caution, DOT spokeswoman Lisa Crawley said.


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  • kalika May 29, 2007

    The place where the accident took place was the curve coming up on 401. The fact that there was no alcohol,drugs, and she wasn't on her cell phone doesn't leave too many options for why the accident took place.

  • AtALost May 29, 2007

    Re: Toetagger's question. We rarely err on the side of caution because it's too expensive. Preventive measures aren't typically instituted until the number of casualties justify the expense. Many claim to value human life, but I was taught actions speak louder than words.

  • LocalYokel May 29, 2007

    cell phone induced crash? driving and dialing dont mix.

  • then who cares May 29, 2007

    There's another accident waiting to happen at S. Miami Blvd. and Alexander Drive in Durham. The lanes there appear to be turn lanes going from Alexander onto S. Miami Blvd. Does anyone know to whom that should be reported?

  • MARX May 29, 2007

    I'd just like to know more about the accident that has caused the "DOT to step up to the plate". My SUV doesn't even sway around the corners when going the speed limit on Ligon Mill. I've been driving down Ligon Mill since the 80s and the only section of the road that needs work is the curve near US1a with a constant spattering of rocks and debris on the corner. Perhaps drivers education instructors need to spend more time on cornering techniques than parallel parking? Anyway, I'm all for the DOT dropping the speed limit or spending money on the major roads like US1 or 401 so people don't have to use cut-throughs to relieve traffic congestion.

  • Red Bird May 29, 2007

    I have lived off of Ligon Mill Road approx. 1 mile from the accident site for 20 years. That portion of Ligon Mill Road was not even paved until around 1992. Growth in this area has created what we in our neighborhood refer to as the "Ligon Mill Speedway", as drivers use the road as a connector to 401,US1-A and Capital Blvd. What was once a rural 2 lane road, is now becoming a major artery. First and foremost the speed limit needs to be lowered and turnlanes into subdivisons need to installed to improve safety and traffic flow. Try making a left hand turn onto Greenville Loop Road during peak traffic times, I am always worried about being rear ended or pulling into oncoming traffic that I cannot see because of a blind curve!

  • Toetagger May 29, 2007

    OK. As if it has to be asked... WHY does it require someone dying in a crash before the DOT will step up to the plate to correct a problem?