Residents of St. Charles County have renewed their push for a safer highway after a tragic crossover accident that took the lives of a mother and her two young daughters.
Deadly Crash In Moscow Mills
On January 21st,2016, Jacqueline Faudi, 36, and her daughters, Autumn Faudi, 6, and Kaydance Miller, 7 months, were killed in a head-on collision just north of Wentzville, Missouri.
According to police, a northbound car lost control and struck the rear of Faudi’s car. Both vehicles spun out and crossed the median into the southbound lanes. Faudi’s vehicle was struck by a southbound SUV.
Faudi’s two eldest daughters, aged 20 and 16, were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The Petition To Add Crossover Barriers
In just the last 10 months, five people have been killed, and more injured along the stretch of roadway on Highway 61 due to a crossover accident.
A petition that many Missourians are calling #Barrier61 pushes for a cable barrier between the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic on the Missouri Highway. Cable barriers, while unable to prevent accidents, may be able to reduce the number of fatalities caused by head-on car accidents, or other crossover crashes.
“I have personally been traveling this highway all 31 years of my life.” Says petition organizer Janey Beene, “I have seen too many wooden crosses placed on the side of the road. This is something that can NOT wait another day, month or year.”
In just one week, the petition has gained over 4,900 signatures.
#Barrier61 – Get It Done
According to state officials, Highway 61 has wide medians that give drivers more time to recover if they go off the road. While they haven’t ruled cable barriers out, officials don’t consider them the highest priority for the deadly roadway.
Thirteen people have died in Lincoln County on Highway 61 from 2005 to 2007. The highway’s at-grade crossings, according to officials, are the more dangerous issue. The city is planning to build an overpass in the next two years at Highway P to eliminate an at-grade intersection.
Moscow Mills Mayor, Michael Clynch joined area politicians and safety advocates at a news conference last Friday, which called for the cable barriers on Highway 61.
It would cost about $125,000 per mile to install the cable barriers; that’s roughly 40% less that the cost to install concrete barriers.
Politicians argue that the state of Missouri lacks funding for cable barriers, but Mayor Clynch doesn’t buy it:
“That’s what they claim,” Clynch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “To be quite blunt, that excuse isn’t working anymore. Somebody in Jefferson City needs to make a decision and move forward. We believe the money can be found somehow.”
How To Sign The Petition
Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers is representing the Faudi family in this tragic case. We have numerous clients calling about highway 61 and we agree; something has to be done at the state level to increase the safety of Missouri residents.
Sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/modot-missouri-department-of-transportation-missouri-governor-installation-of-crossover-cable-barrier-st-charles-and-lincoln-county-missouri.