Neighbors want more speed patrol after deadly car crash in Aiken County


News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Tire marks are all that remain from a fatal wreck that took one life and left two others severely injured.

"It's awful, they speed up and down this road," said Tabetha Treadwell, who lives off of Dixie Clay Road.

Officials say that's exactly what the Jeep Grand Cherokee was doing, seconds before the driver lost control and hit a tree.

18-year-old, Helen Reid was in the backseat and not wearing a seatbelt.

"Aiken County, Burnettown needs to take control of this road," she said.

A plea, Treadwell who knows just how dangerous Dixie Clay Road can be.

"There's a dip, several blind spots, if you're not paying attention, and I mean absolutely paying attention, you'll either run off the road, or you'll hit somebody if they're on the road," said Treadwell.

The three mile stretch of Dixie Clay Road has seen nearly 22 collisions over five years, 11 of those with injuries.

Today's fatality is the first for this road and for Aiken County in 2014.

"It's all the time, they run straight off that road, not paying attention, going to fast," said Treadwell.

Just two weeks ago a driver lost control and ended up in her yard almost hitting a tree.

"And what scares me is that I normally have kids playing in my front yard," she explained.

This latest accident leaves the whole community looking for change and they want it fast.

"It should stay 35 from start to finish on Dixie Clay Road," said Treadwell.

Instead of the change to 45 miles per hour, just a mile before where todays fatal wreck happened.

"Until they start patrolling and changing these speed limits and making sure hey they know kids are out here playing, isn't nothing going to happen," said Treadwell. "That's all we ask for out here, start patrolling."


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