Neighbors Say Intersection is Dangerous
People living near the site of Saturday's deadly drunk driving crash on the Lake Ontario State Parkway say the intersection where it happened has been an accident waiting to happen.
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"Even though it is a parkway, there's not a lot of traffic on it,” said Wayne Stoeckert.
Still, some people living near the intersection of the Lake Ontario State Parkway and Route 259 in Parma say they're not surprised two people died there.
"Since we've been here, there have been several incidents we've seen or have heard about,” said Stoeckert, a neighbor.
On Saturday, James DePinto and his wife Patricia died after authorities say they pulled in front of an oncoming SUV. Its driver, Steven Divito, was charged with drunk driving.
“Sad, especially the circumstances of the accident,” said Stoeckert. He says people in the neighborhood discussed the apparent dangers of the intersection long before Saturday's crash.
"The neighbors we have talked to in the neighborhood seem to have felt a great concern over many years."
Not that it necessarily played a role in the crash, but several neighbors say this and other intersections along the parkway would be a whole lot safer, with some sort of traffic control device.
"Oh yeah, I think it's been talked about several times, and as I said, I don't know that anyone has tried to bring it to light."
Stoeckert suggests a flashing light. A DOT spokesperson said there have been recent safety improvements at the intersection, including new signs alerting drivers that the parkway is ahead, and the intersection is near. DOT reports just a handful of crashes at the intersection, and says there's no indication of a pattern of accidents there.
"People are distracted a lot in this day and age,” said Stoeckert.
Saturday's scene is marked with flowers and crosses, remembering the victims. Neighbors say a traffic light might be the easiest way to help prevent another tragedy.
"It couldn't do anything but help,” Stoeckert said.