POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 4:51pm
CENTRAL, La (NBC33) — It's been open less than a week and already and the Central Thruway is making a huge impact on the community. But after a car crash Monday night, one woman is dead and people are asking questions.
It all happened around 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15 when Jackie Addison, 27, was at the intersection of Choctaw and the Central Thruway. She crashed into an 18 wheeler as it turned left from the Thruway onto Choctaw.
This is the first crash since the much anticipated Central Thruway opened. Some residents and even businesses tell NBC33 this should be an eye opener for drivers.
"They had an 18 wheeler that hit; it was this van that was totally demolished,” noted Buddy Abadie, a resident who lives near the Central Thruway, said.
Addison ran the red light on Choctaw crashing into an 18-wheeler that had a green turn signal. Abadie works right on that corner of Florida and the Central Thruway. He is worried there might be more problems.
"We need to make sure there are no accidents if it can be helped," said Abadie.
The thruway itself is a straight shot down to Florida but some residents, like David Twigg, say the main concern is that people are unaware and uninformed.
"They come around that corner and peddle to the medal," said Twigg.
He says people are still driving as if the lights and stop signs were not there.
"People are so used to tearing down through here that when they first turned those red lights on they kept going but so far we haven't had that problem," noted Twigg.
But both David and Buddy know with any new road project there are bound to be some issues and in this case, it's the drivers who need to be aware.
"You need to be careful out there," said Abadie.
The Department of Public Works says the light was green for the 18 wheeler and Addison was at fault for running a red light. They also don't believe alcohol played a part in the crash and are still investigating.