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Five deaths too many


Editor’s note: This letter was also to the Department of Transportation and Works.

Dear Mr. Dion Tee:
As you are aware, in November a tragic accident on Hamilton River Road took the life of a very prominent lady of our town.
It affected me very deeply because she was a very influential member of one of the committees on which I serve. While reflecting on her death it occurred to me that this has been the fifth person who has been accidently killed on the stretch of road between The Hamilton Drugs area and Skipper Joe’s in Spruce Park within the last 20 years and four of them in the last 10 years. This is five too many.
From my memory at least four of these deaths occurred under the same conditions. These accidents all occurred between seven to 10 at night, on dark rainy nights, under otherwise normal conditions, with no evidence of speeding or alcohol involved. This would suggest that the drivers did not see the person walking. The young man that was the victim of the accident near Skipper Joe’s I was personally interested in because I came very close to hitting him while I was on the way to that store. In fact, I did not see him until I was about five or six feet away from him and had to swerve to avoid hitting him. It was while I was discussing the incident with the store clerk that I heard the police sirens.
The lighting on this section of Hamilton River Road in particular and down the whole road is very poor. It may meet regulations, but it is diffidently not adequate and may have been a contributing factor in all these deaths. I firmly believe that the lights on this road should be upgraded to the LED lights extending at least four feet out over the road, very similar to those recently installed on the new road to the airport. I recently discussed this with a representative of hydro and they informed me that your department is the owner and you must request the change.
I would appreciate you taking some action on this matter before any more accidents occur.

Reginald F. Bowers

Dear Mr. Dion Tee:
As you are aware, in November a tragic accident on Hamilton River Road took the life of a very prominent lady of our town.
It affected me very deeply because she was a very influential member of one of the committees on which I serve. While reflecting on her death it occurred to me that this has been the fifth person who has been accidently killed on the stretch of road between The Hamilton Drugs area and Skipper Joe’s in Spruce Park within the last 20 years and four of them in the last 10 years. This is five too many.
From my memory at least four of these deaths occurred under the same conditions. These accidents all occurred between seven to 10 at night, on dark rainy nights, under otherwise normal conditions, with no evidence of speeding or alcohol involved. This would suggest that the drivers did not see the person walking. The young man that was the victim of the accident near Skipper Joe’s I was personally interested in because I came very close to hitting him while I was on the way to that store. In fact, I did not see him until I was about five or six feet away from him and had to swerve to avoid hitting him. It was while I was discussing the incident with the store clerk that I heard the police sirens.
The lighting on this section of Hamilton River Road in particular and down the whole road is very poor. It may meet regulations, but it is diffidently not adequate and may have been a contributing factor in all these deaths. I firmly believe that the lights on this road should be upgraded to the LED lights extending at least four feet out over the road, very similar to those recently installed on the new road to the airport. I recently discussed this with a representative of hydro and they informed me that your department is the owner and you must request the change.
I would appreciate you taking some action on this matter before any more accidents occur.

Reginald F. Bowers

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