LaRonda Adams died after being hit by a car at Bloomfield Road and Eisenhower Parkway Tuesday night. It was Bibb County's fifth pedestrian fatality this year. The county's Pedestrian Fatality Review Board wants safer roads.
The review board met Monday to discuss the worst intersections in Macon-Bibb. The intersection of Gray Highway and Shurling Drive takes the number one spot with 59 collisions and 28 people injured in 2015. The second worst is Riverside Drive and Northside Drive, followed by Mercer University and Log Cabin Drive.
The Pedestrian Fatality Review Board member Tom Ellington said the biggest problem is the way the roads were made with a lack of sidewalks, and crosswalks, and lights.
“If you look at where pedestrian deaths are taking place, it's all over,” said Ellington. “It's very difficult to 'unpour' concrete, and expensive, so it’s going to take some time to fix the problems that we have, but if we don’t start now, when are we going to start?”
Mario Duncan was hit by a car when he was 14 years old. He was on his way home from playing basketball when a drunk driver hit him on Emery Highway. Now he has a prosthetic leg and a traumatic brain injury.
Bibb County is starting to fix roads now. The construction on Log Cabin Road is creating new sidewalks. Until more improvements have been made, Ellington says “be alert” when you're walking. And Duncan says when you’re driving, “don't take any chances.”