News 12 at 11 / Friday, March 21, 2014
Farmers Bridge Road (WRDW-TV)
RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- A driver was taken to the hospital after his car runs off the road and into a creek.
It all happened on Farmers Bridge Road on the Richmond-Burke county line.
People who live in the area tell News 12 the curve is dangerous and needs guardrails.
Car after car drives down the 45 mile per hour road in Richmond County, but not all of them follow the speed limit.
"64-- that was the highest," said Ramon Reed as he pointed his radar gun at cars.
Beth Myrick and Reed have lived off Farmers Bridge Road for a long time. Myrick's home is just feet away from where a tow truck ended up Friday after running off the road.
"I've lived here since 2000 and I cannot keep track of the number of wrecks," Myrick said.
Friday's one car accident caused a medical helicopter to land on Myrick's property and she says something needs to change before another wreck happens again.
"People just going down too fast and it just being a narrow road without any room for error," she told News 12.
Georgia State Patrol says the driver, 29 year old Robert Anthony Mulcahy, went off the shoulder on the right side, over-corrected and went across the median into the left lane and ended up in the creek. Something Myrick says may have been prevented if the curve had a buffer.
"A guardrail system along the bottom of this hill would help a lot -- to at least keep cars on the road," she said.
"You back up a little bit and they just come flying on by," Jacob Myrick said
Jacob is Myrick's son. He said speeding isn't the only thing causing accidents--nature is too. During last month's ice storm the family saw two wrecks and now this mom is asking for help before anyone else is hurt.
"Whether it be the traffic division or county traffic and planning, somebody should recognize there is an issue down here that could be corrected with something as simple as guardrails," Myrick said
Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle says he will ask the county engineer to take a look at the area to see if guardrails could be added.