Car accident brings safety to the forefront of North Augusta parking lot

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, August 9, 2013

North Augusta, SC (WRDW) - It's almost like a scene straight out of a movie. A car flipped on its side and not in a place you would expect.

"It's a strange thing to happen in a parking lot," said Kasey King, who almost was in an an accident Friday evening.

Just minutes before our cameras started rolling, she almost found herself in the same situation.

"I was coming into the parking lot and I have the right away, and that car didn't even look, just kept going straight through," she said.

Although investigators are still looking into what happened this morning, drivers like King have an idea.

"People tend to speed through here because there are no stop signs."

People working in the plaza say the biggest problem isn't in the front of the parking lot it's in the back. There's no notification of where people need to stop going into the next parking lot, not even a stop sign, and they're saying, they need speed bumps to slow people down.

"It's this main roadway here that leads through the parking lot, said Sargent Maurice Ransom of North Augusta Public Safety.

That's causing the major headache for him and every other driver.

"Vehicles travel probably at a little faster pace than your normal parking lot," Ransom told News 12's Patrick Price.

King says, "The driver flew through here so it was definitely scary."

We looked around and we couldn't even find speed limit signs posted.

Dangerous for drivers, driving through and to Martintown Plaza.

"The overall scene that they saw today created more of an awareness that it is a problem here in the parking lot," said Ransom.

King wants a solution and she want's one quick.

"Something just so people are aware when they come through to look out for other cars," she said.

But North Augusta Public Safety can't do anything because the parking lot is privately owned.

News 12 tried to get in contact with Lightstone Group who manages the plaza. They didn't return our calls.

"We still patrol this parking lot heavily even though we don't own it, we still want to make sure people are driving safely." said Sargent Ransom.

Stay with News 12 for the latest updates on this story.


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