It's been almost a week since 17-year-old Amy Caracofe died in a car accident on Dam Town Road in Fort Defiance. Some questions are being raised about the safety of that road as one county resident single-handedly tries to get improvements made.
Dave Morani first learned this road could be dangerous while driving behind a school bus one day.
Morani says, "I noticed that each time another vehicle came by in the opposite direction, it caused the bus to leave the road surface onto the shoulder. Actually, both vehicles would have to leave the road surface to pass safely."
So, Morani brought the information to the Augusta Board of Supervisors, who responded by contacting VDOT. In three years, some minor work has been done to the road, but Morani still wants to see more done.
He adds, "They have to purchase the land to straighten out the road, and then they have to actually construct the road and widen it, straighten it, pave it, but the total price tag is $3.8 million."
With a price tag that big, it will take until 2010 to get the money. So for now, Morani is trying to warn people to drive slowly and cautiously on Dam Town Road to prevent another fatal accident like the one that killed Amy Caracofe.
Morani says, "We were trying to prevent this from occurring, and when we saw it, it's like popping a balloon. All the efforts failed to prevent this."
He says other county residents should voice their concerns about secondary roads in order to make a difference.
He advises, "Make sure they know the danger exists. If you see something that you think is a danger and is a danger to drivers and to the safety of people traveling the roads, let somebody know."