Site of deadly crash dangerous

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

April 18, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A North Augusta man is dead after a one car crash today. It happened on Celeste Avenue, just off Five Notch Road.

Authorities believe Curtis Coleman was speeding when he lost control and hit a telephone pole.

This is the fifteenth deadly wreck in Aiken County this year...and a few of them have happened on that stretch.

Speed may have been a factor, but neighbor Mary Palmer says even if you drive the speed limit, your chances of being in an accident are still pretty high because of the curves and blind spots.

"I came around that direction, I was headed back this way, I had a car that come right, and if I hadn't have pulled over, I'd have gotten hit," she told News 12 of a close call she had driving Celeste Avenue.

This morning, an old family friend of Palmer's, Curtis Coleman, was killed along a curvy portion of the road. Deputies say he lost control of his car and may have been speeding--but palmer says it can be hard to maneuver the winding road anyway, especially if you're not familiar with the road.

"You have nothing to stop you," Palmer said. "That curve is there, and I think what happened people run up on it not expecting."

Palmer recalls many accidents that have happened over the years and says she believes that many of them could have been avoided.

"What I think should be done, they should put up a sign there that says 'dangerous curve, slow down'," she said.

Palmer says she's sad her friend died so close to home and so tragically. She hopes that now maybe a traffic warning sign will be put up to save someone else's life.

"Cause, see, what they do, you see them come around there so fast, they come out of their lane and that's...I got a feeling that's what happened," she said.

"I would hate for this to happen again to someone to lose a loved one just because of that."

Because it is a residential area, the speed limit through Celeste Avenue is 25 miles per hour, but residents out there say drivers speed through there all the time, and it's a very serious problem.

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