Saturday, January 21, 2017

Another "Scary" Car Crash on Grand Avenue

Residents are fed up, scared. 
Fort Thomas residents, Susan and Matt Twehues, with their children in front of their home on Grand Avenue. Tire tracks in the background and in their front yard give a play-by-play for an accident that happened just an hour before this. FTM file. 
The tire tracks are still visible from a car crash fatality that killed a 45-year old man in September on the corner of Grand and Greenwood Avenues in Fort Thomas. The tree that he struck after hopping a curb and barreling through multiple front yards is still damaged, while neighbors are growing increasingly frustrated and nervous.

RELATED: Car Crash Fatality on Grand Avenue (September 2016)

"I pray every time I get ready to turn into my driveway from Grand Avenue that someone isn't speeding and going to hit me from behind," said Karen Hanson, who has lived in her home since 2010. "It's scary."

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This afternoon a single-car accident on that same stretch of road at 2:00 p.m. added to the trend.

Sgt. Will Hunt told Fort Thomas Matters that a man traveling southbound on Grand Avenue hopped a curb, went through some front yards, cut across four lanes of traffic and ended up in an embankment in a front yard on the opposite side of the street.

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The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and the accident is being investigated.  His car was towed from the scene. No charges have been filed yet.

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But nearby Grand Avenue residents Matt and Susan Twehues, who heard the accident and came outside to see grass and dirt in their front yard kicked up from the wayward vehicle, are fed up with the speeding issues.

"I grew up on Greenwood (three houses down) and I don't remember this many accidents happening in the twenty-plus years that I lived there. It's 2:00 in the afternoon and if someone was walking there they would have been killed. I'm not comfortable with having our kids be on the sidewalk in front of our home," said Susan.

Matt Twehues said they heard screeching tires and ran to see what was happening. He said he saw traffic stopped in both directions and a silver Honda Accord lodged into the embankment in his neighbor's house across the street from his home. A scene that he said is becoming too common where he lives.

"The man who was driving was incredibly apologetic," said Twehues, who said he was talking to the man along with a nurse who had stopped her vehicle on Grand Avenue. He said that she witnessed the crash and immediately rushed to his aid by taking his pulse and making sure he was cognizant. "In Fort Thomas, we are known as a community that walks and gets outside a lot, but we can't do that on this stretch. We feel like sitting targets."

The City of Fort Thomas has identified the stretch of Grand Avenue, from Highland Avenue to S. Fort Thomas Avenue, as a tract that could be a candidate for a road diet as part of their visioning process that council is currently undertaking.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Visioning Presented To City Council 

Road diets, also called a lane reduction or road rechannelization, is a technique in transportation planning whereby the number of travel lanes and effective width of the road is reduced in order to achieve systemic improvements. In Fort Thomas, this was successfully executed in the past in front of Woodfill Elementary on Alexandria Pike.

"I think a road diet is one of the only things that might make an impact on the amount and severity of these accidents. If nothing else, a parking lane could provide a barrier so that if there is a car losing control it might not go into someone's living room," said Matt.

Susan Twehues said that whether the idea is a road diet or something else, she has talked with her neighbors and they all believe they need the city's help in addressing this trend.

"We'd like to address council, but at the same time any time that I talk to anyone it kind of seems like it's not going to be worth our time to go to any council meetings," she said.

Although the crash this afternoon wasn't as serious as the crash-fatality in September, both the Twehues said the crash this afternoon was jarring.

Simply, this crash in the middle of the afternoon that they believed was due to an intoxicated driver, was the tipping point for them.

"I would hope that this accident would be a tipping point for the city to do something too," said Susan. "The response that we always get is that these accidents are caused by people who are intoxicated, so I think they are downplaying that speed is involved."

Matt echoed those sentiments.

"If this isn't the tipping point, then what is? Is it going to take someone dying who was just sitting in their living room or on their porch?"


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8 comments:

  1. It would be nice if all of Grand were 25 mph and police handed out tickets like candy. From Summit/Pentland to Graeters folks drive like idiots.

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  2. They should allow parking on both sides, making it a 2 lane road and lower the speed limit to 25.

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  3. The road diet idea was brought up over twenty years ago and was overwhelmingly opposed by Grand Ave residents. Glad to see it being revisited.

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  4. 25 mph limit traffic lane with a bike lane. Road diet plus additional community asset that keeps motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe.

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  5. Grand is dangerous, people drive way too fast and the stopsign at the bottom of Tremont is a joke. If the cops sat there for one day, they would probably make their monthly quota! Thanks Matt, Susan, and Ft. Thomas Matters for bringing this problem forward

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  6. I like the idea of 2 lanes and a lower speed. Instead of parking, though, that space should be opened up to everyone else, besides cars. There'd be room for a protected bike lane and some green space.

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  7. It is just as bad with speeding on summit all the time. We have complained over and over but nothing has changed. My van on the street has been hit 5 times in 2 yrs. They always drive off. From the first stop sign to the second its like indy. I pray for our kids !

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  8. Grand ave is a state route, the city would have to get district 6 cooperation to fix a road that isn't broken. Pd should patrol like they do on 27.

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