Taking Action Report: Neighbors Voice Concerns About Dangerous Road Where Teen Died

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – State troopers have arrested and charged James Oneal Wilson in connection with the death of a 13 year old boy Monday night.

Residents who live along Hendrix Road contacted WHNT News 19 and say they have warned county and state road officials that something like this would happen.

“It’s like a speedway through here, they just fly down through here. We’ve tried to get somebody to do something about it and nobody seems to want to help us do nothing,” said concerned neighbor, Glenda Brown.

Along with other neighbors, Brown is frustrated with the lack of attention that Hendrix Road has gotten when it comes to speeders.

“All the neighbors has gotten together and tried to do a petition, tried to get speed bumps put up, or even a three way stop sign put up here, who know something done here,” said Brown.

Glenda Brown says that since she and her family have lived on Hendrix road, the state road department has come out, but they said there was not enough traffic to warrant a three way stop.

Brown says that the Sheriff’s Department came out for a while to catch speeders, but never on a consistent basis.

According to brown, the 30 mile per hour speed limit sign at the start of the road does very little to slow drivers.  Brown says on the hilly road, that’s not nearly slow enough with numerous hidden driveways.

“Maybe they will do something now, ya know, I hope and pray to God they do now. It’s just pitiful ya know,” said Brown.

Lauderdale County officials say they are evaluating the situation on Hendrix Road, and are looking into ways to slow drivers down through the residential areas.



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