Deadly Wreck Brings Attention to Paradise Drive

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FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) - A group of residents are using a fatal wreck that happened just a few weeks ago, to bring attention to a hazardous stretch of road.

They took their concerns to the Lauderdale County Commission Monday morning.

Fighting back tears, Laura Ingram stood in front of the Lauderdale County Commission.

Surrounded by family and friends, Ingram pleaded with the commission to improve Paradise Drive.

Ingram lost her 21-year-old son Cole after a Jeep he was travelling in, left Paradise Drive in Waterloo, flipping several times.

"I don't want Cole's death to be in vain, no mother would. But, I just feel that something has to be done," said Ingram after addressing commissioners.

For seven years, residents of Paradise Drive have asked the county commission to repeal a 1981 ordinance that basically abandoned the road.   

Commissioners say that the road is graded by the road department but that is the extent of their responsibility.

But Laura Ingram believes that the road could be improved to keep another accident like her son's from happening, if the county would step up.

“Where they continue to vote this down, if they can't see what the human side of it, and what's going to occur again, I mean then I don't know what else to do."

And for now, residents will have to continue using these steep, rocky roads, while hoping for the best.

In order for the Lauderdale County Road Department to make improvements to Paradise Drive, the commission must vote to repeal the 1981 ordinance on the books.

Right now, there are only two commissioners in favor of doing away with the law.

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