Family Members of Victims Seek Horizon Drive Safety Improvements
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The son of Loretta Clark Pereda who was struck and killed by a vehicle in June of 2012 is visiting Grand Junction to find why nothing has been done to increase pedestrian safety along Horizon Drive since the incident.
According to the Horizon Drive District, 50 percent of the car accidents that take place at the four Grand Junction Interstate 70 exits occur at the Horizon Drive interchange.
Randall Clark drove to the Grand Valley all the way from California this week to solve some unanswered questions about his mother's death.
The driver of the vehicle was not charged with any crimes since Pereda and her fiance were not using a crosswalk.
"The biggest thing is this is a 35 mph zone and the paperwork says he was doing 45," said Clark.
Along with the speed of the driver's vehicle, Pereda's fiance told Clark that the driver of the vehicle told police he had been drinking when the accident occurred.
The driver took a blood test that evening, and toxicology results found his blood alcohol content to be at 0.00.
Although Clark would like to find answers as to why no charges were pressed, he is more concerned about the lack of crosswalks along Horizon Drive.
There are currently no crosswalks between G Road and Interstate 70, about 3/4 mile stretch of the road that holds several hotels and restaurants.
The Horizon Drive District, a local organization that started back in 2004, has spent the past three years putting together the Corridor Improvement Plan.
"During Juco, you see kids in cleats trying to race across the street and it just gives us heart failure," said Vara Kusal, Manager of the Horizon Drive District. "We want it to be much better designed for everyone."
The plan would add an island throughout the center of the roadway, and would feature twelve new crosswalks.
Horizon Drive District officials are waiting to see if the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will fund $4 milllion towards the project.
If CDOT allows the grant to be issued for this project, both the Horizon Drive District and the City of Grand Junction would be responsible for supporting 10% of the project costs, or $500,000 each.
The District already has $500,000 set aside, and the Grand Junction City Council will vote on their portion of the funding in October or November.
Randall Clark will be in the Grand Valley through Sunday, and is looking to speak with Grand Valley residents about this issue.
Clark can be reached at 562-714-3730.
For information about the Corridor Improvement Project, visit www.horizondrivedistrict.com