Neighbors on Old Savannah Road desperate for change

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Folks living and working along Old Savannah Road are desperate for a change after a 19-year-old was killed last night while she was walking down the road. She's the fifth person to be hit and killed in Augusta this year.

Back in April, two teenagers were hit walking across a bridge on Gordon Highway near Dan Bowles Road, not far from Old Savannah Road. Fourteen year old Zykeith Harris was killed.

Neighbors say the area around Old Savannah Road is always flooded with cars, and there are a lot of people walking along those streets, but no sidewalks. Larry Stephens has lived in his house off of Old Savannah Road for nine years now. "You have to look once, look twice, and then look again," Larry said.

Larry says the road between Peach Orchard and Gordon Highway is filled with speeding drivers, and people on foot. There are a lot of people walking and riding their bicycles up and down the road, Larry said.

The fact that nineteen-year-old Sujada Truitt was hit and killed here earlier this morning does not surprise Debra Gagnon who also lives off Old Savannah. "I'm surprised more people haven't gotten killed, a lot of walkers, a lot of people riding bikes haven't gotten killed out here," Debra said.

Neighbors along this road are scared to take their trash out, or even get their mail. "When 18-Wheeler's come by and big trucks, I actually think I'm gonna get hit," said Debra.

And if you take a closer look, there's not a single crosswalk, a sidewalk, or even a working street light here. Something Larry says, is really a problem. "It really is a concern for me, because I don't want no little child, and I see a lot of children over here crossing this road, and that's what I have a fear of," said Larry.

News 12 contacted Georgia DOT to see what they can do to help with the traffic in this area, they have not responded yet. As of right now there are no charges being filed against this driver in last night's fatal accident.

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