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Neighbor on deadly crash: "It was our worst fear realized"

Neighbor on deadly crash: "It was our worst fear realized"

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A group of neighbors in Kingsley is asking their road commission to make improvements on their road that they say is dangerous.

The latest crash to happen on Voice Road killed a 25-year-old man, who was hit by a car while snowplowing his driveway. Another person died on the road last year and car crashes are common.

But, for neighbors on who live on Voice Road, the latest fatality was their last straw.

"It was our worst fear realized,” said Linda Gursinski. “I can't say that we hadn't mentioned that someone was going to get hit or even worse and it did happen. It's so sad."

Gursinski lives off Voice Road. She says there are dozens of families who live along the road, including hers.

The problem? There are no speed limit signs or children crossing signs for at least a mile.

"The roadway is tilted coming down this hill and a lot of the times they will drive off of the road,” said Gursinski. “It's dangerous to go to our mailbox. It just seems that people don't have the patience, especially when the bus stops.”

Gursinski and her neighbors say that their children’s school bus stop is one of their biggest concerns.

“My biggest concern is somebody coming down from this way and sliding right into one of our kids as they're getting off the bus,” said Naomi Dillingham.

Dillingham has lived on this street for more than 35 years.

“I don't think that there is one kid’s playing sign or hidden driveway sign and this really is a hidden driveway right here,” said Dillingham. “Then there's that huge curve down at the bottom of the hill. There’s a lot of kids that live here.”

Neighbors say they have contacted the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, Paradise Township and their school's bus garage, but everyone has directed them to the Grand Traverse County Road Commission.

“There's a lot of crashes on corners, there's a few on the straightaway,” said Garth Greenan, with Grand Traverse County. “Just looking at this map there is quite a number on the straightaway right in here. Enforcement is probably the first thing and we will also take a look at the signage to see if there something that might be effective in this location.”

Greenan says ultimately it is the driver’s responsibility to drive carefully, especially during winter road conditions.

Gursinski says she plans on filing a service request to the road commission within the next week.

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