Sep 29, 2012 1:26 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors are speaking out after a deadly accident News 5 first reported Thursday night.
Staff Sergeant David Feaster of Fort Carson was driving home with his 11-year-old son when his car veered toward a telephone pole; the boy told officials his father over-corrected, rolling the car one and a half times. Feaster was partially ejected from the vehicle; the boy watched his father die, pinned under the Chevrolet S-U-V. The child was able to crawl out of a window and run to a nearby house to call 9-11.
"I'm assuming that speed was a factor in this crash on this washboard road," State Trooper Brian Harris told News 5 at the scene of the accident. But Colorado State Patrol officers say that road in Hanover-- High Plains View-- is so dangerous, driving at any speed could result in a crash.
Local residents say neglected roads are the problem, and there are no speed limit signs posted. "It is like being in an earthquake. The potholes are the biggest that I've ever seen," Andrea Tucker told News 5. Deanna Halstead, another area resident said of the potholes, "My truck, I mean you can hear it just slam into those if you're going even ten miles an hour." Tami West agreed, saying "People are actually driving through pastures because the roads are so bad they're impassable."
News 5 took a trip to investigate, and it was a bumpy ride to say the least. When asked about how she fares on those roads, Andrea Tucker said, "We get our vehicles aligned at least once a month. Some of the potholes literally will take your entire tire into them and absorb it, throw shocks out, everything. There's wash-boarding, there's flooding when there's extreme weather."
People we interviewed say they haven't been to their mailboxes in weeks because it's such a chore; Post Office trucks and school buses don't even make the trek up High Plains View or the surrounding roads.
Residents say the city and county refuse to make repairs since the developer-- who went bankrupt and stopped the project halfway through-- never got the roads up to code. "I asked them to even just come out and dump some gravel, just do anything that they can do to help. They told us that we were on our own," Tucker said.
It's left folks calling for help before it's too late. "We've all experienced problems with our cars because of the roads but to hear that someone actually rolled their vehicle and was killed because of it-- especially a service member when God knows what he's encountered in his life just serving our country-- and then to know he was killed on one of our roads, that's disgusting to me," Tucker said.
News 5 is working to get answers from El Paso County commissioners on what -- if anything -- is being done to correct the problem.
In the meantime, locals are mourning the loss of Staff Sergeant David Feaster, and calling for action so his death won't be in vain.