The safety improvements are considered a major victory for a family who has been fighting for safer roads after their loved ones were killed in a crash.
For Tonie Cruea, the last 6 months have been difficult after her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend were killed in a motorcycle crash at a dangerous intersection. She quickly turned her grief into action, determined to improve the safety at that intersection. Now, her hard work is paying off.
“We just don’t want,” Cruea said. “Any family to go through this.”
A mother’s anguish is fueling change nearly 6 months after her daughter, 25-year-old Sherill Cruea, and her daughter’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Brook Fudge, were killed in a motorcycle crash in October. It happened at the corner of Spring Valley Paintersville Road and U.S. 42, which is an intersection known for crashes.
“There’s been a couple other accidents at that intersection since Brook’s and Sherill’s,” Cruea said. “But there’s been not fatalities. There’s been finder binders, but we are very happy that O-DOT is working with us.”
Tuesday, ODOT and OSP installed timing strips on the road, which are able to track driver’s speeds by an aircraft above. The aircraft times how long it takes drivers to get from strip to strip then uses distance to calculate the driver’s speed.
“If we have somebody doing something extreme like passing multiple cars on double yellow lines or driving at a high rate of speed. All common things we are seeing. We will be able to have communication not only with the troopers on the ground,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Schmenk said. “But also the deputies that are on the ground.”
OSP and ODOT previously installed flashing lights and a flashing stop sign at the intersection. Cruea says more work still needs to be done.
“Until we take our last breaths,” Cruea said. “Their voices will never stop being heard.”
In honor of Sherill and Brook, Cruea is hosting a special memorial poker run this Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Villa Tavern at 6303 Rip Rap Road in Huber Heights. The money raised will be donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital.