The family plans to gather as many signatures as they can on the petition and turn it over to the Department of Transportation. It has worked for other families in the past wanting change. This is a story that sounds all to familiar.
Crashes with deadly results. Intersections with one pair of stop signs on roads with speeds up to 70 miles per hour. Farm-To-Market roads 54 and 400 in Hale County was the place of multiple fatal accidents there. The same thing happened at FM 1729 and 40 in Lubbock County. Just recently, FM 213 and 1780 three women die. Why? DPS on each occasion reported it is because someone allegedly ran a stop sign.
Nicholas Granado is Marina Natividad's older brother. He is petitioning for immediate changes where his sister was killed last week. "I think she would be happy we'll be using all of the emotion and energy that exists in a positive way to make some positive changes," says Granado.
The community is looking for the state highway department to install a four way stop, flashing lights or maybe even speed bumps. "We want change immediately. We don't want another disaster to occur," he said.
For now, the only changes are the four crosses posted in the ground near the intersection. Perhaps a reminder to drivers to slow down and stop.
As for 1729, the state listened and installed flashing lights. Hale County turned their petition over the state this summer. Four way stops were installed earlier this month.
If you would like to be a part of the petition, the family has asked us to give this number out. Call (806) 592-9430.
The truck driver of the Denver City crash is facing numerous charges. DPS Trooper John Gonzales now says the driver faces three counts of criminally negligent homicide. The Yoakum County District Attorney's office could file those charges next week.