Reporting Derek Valcourt
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Calls for action to improve safety on what some call a dangerous road in Anne Arundel County after a fatal head-on collision kills four people, including a child.
Derek Valcourt has more on the safety concerns and calls for change.
The road is only one lane in both directions and impatient drivers passing illegally are part of the problem. As a result, the road has seen accidents over and over again.
Over the years, Marley Neck Boulevard has earned a deadly reputation and this weekend, it was the scene of a gruesome two-car head-on collision that killed four people, including 21-year-old Brittney Ziegler and her 3-year-old god-daughter Lilly. Police blame it on a speeding driver who crossed double yellow lines to make an illegal pass.
“Oh yeah, way too dangerous,” said Travis Walters.
Walters has been down this road before. His best friend and several others were seriously injured two years ago, also because of an illegal pass.
“Too many people die going 80 or 90 miles per hour crossing lanes. You should be allowed to pass,” he said.
In fact, hundreds have already signed an online petition to add concrete barriers down the center of the road.
Those safety changes that many folks would like to see in that stretch of Marley Neck Road may not happen immediately, but county officials say they are on the way.
“Yes, there’s going to be some traffic lights, a grassy median [and the road will be widened to] four lanes,” said Anne Arundel County Councilman Derek Fink.
Fink represents the district where the accident happened. He says because of booming residential development along the road, improvements were already in the works.
“But at the end of the day, if that helps safety, that’s OK too,” he said.
But family members of those killed say those changes can’t come soon enough.
Family members of some of the accident victims held a vigil Tuesday night at 6 p.m.