[UPDATE] Tram Road Deadly Accident Case Closed

By: Donnitra Gilbert; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert; Julie Montanaro Email

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UPDATED 2.23.2011 7:10pm by Julie Montanaro

The case is now closed on a traffic accident that claimed a woman's life last fall.

It happened in September at the corner of Tram Road and W.W. Kelley Road as a Toyota Camry and Ford Truck collided.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office just completed its investigation and detectives say the driver of the Camry did not come to a complete stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of the oncoming truck.

The driver of the Camry, Veronica Baber of Crescent City, was ticketed for failing to yield the right away and failing to buckle up a child in the backseat.

That 13 year old girl was seriously injured and the front seat passenger, 53 year old Eleanor Monts, was killed in the crash.

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UPDATED 9.7.2010 6:55pm by Julie Montanaro

There is still no word on who was at fault in a deadly crash that claimed the life of 53 year old Eleanor Monts this weekend.

Yet neighbors who heard the crash and saw the aftermath say something must be done to make the intersection on Tram Road safer.

"I don't want to see another dead body at that stop sign.," Juana Bellenger said as she recalled Saturday's crash.

Bellenger says something has got to change. She lives a stones throw from the intersection of W.W. Kelley, Old Plank and Tram Roads and says stop signs and rumble strips (on W.W. Kelley and Old Plank) just aren't enough to avoid tragedy.

"If they would just come out here and see the number of accidents that are happening, maybe they will give us something," Bellenger said.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is still investigating a crash at the intersection Saturday that claimed the life of 53 year old Eleanor Monts.

Deputies say the Camry in which she was riding collided with a Ford truck. They have not yet determined who was at fault or if any charges will be filed.

LCSO reports there have been 4 crashes here in the past year, 15 in the last three years, and 25 crashes at this intersection in the past five years. This Saturyda's crash was the only fatality, LCSO reports.

Leon County spokesman Jon Brown says an average of between a thousand and 1700 cars a day travel this stretch of road.

Kevin Haucke crosses this intersection every day after picking up his son from school and considers it safe.

"They should look at least twice each way. So if people would jsut take their time, instead of being in a big hurry and watch what they're doing and just be safe then this probably wouldn't have happened," Hacuke said.

The head of Leon County's Public Works Department, Tony Park, says he'll be reviewing Saturday's crash report, along with other crash data, traffic counts and more to see if a caution light or better warning signs are warranted. A decision on that could take two to three months, he said.

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[UPDATE] 9.7.2010 by Julie Montanaro

Leon County's Public Works Director says the county will be reviewing an accident report from Saturday's crash, along with other crash data and traffic counts, to see if a flashing light or other signage is needed at the intersection of Tram Road and W.W. Kelley Road.

That process can take two to three months, Public Works Director Tony Park said.

Park says he doesn't expect the intersection to meet the criteria for installation of a regular traffic light, but it's possible it could meet those for a flashing caution light or possibly larger stop signs.

Right now, there are rumble strips on both W.W. Kelley Road and Old Plank Road as they approach Tram Road.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies, meanwhile, continue to investigate Saturday's crash. They have not yet made a determination as to who is at fault.
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Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office issued the following press release on Tuesday, September 7.

On Saturday, September 4, 2010 at approximately 3:19 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a two vehicle traffic crash near the intersection of Tram Road and W. W. Kelley Road. LCSO Uniform Patrol Deputies and the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation.

Initial information indicates that two vehicles collided in the intersection causing multiple injuries and one fatality. Electrical power was interrupted in the area as a result of the crash. No further information is known at this time. Additional information will be made available as more details become known and the proper notifications have been made.

Updated Sunday,September 5 1:25 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE PROVIDED BY LCSO:

On Saturday, September 04, at approximately 3:19 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a two vehicle traffic crash near the intersection of Tram Road and W. W. Kelley
Road.

LCSO Uniform Patrol Deputies and the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene. Preliminary information indicates that two vehicles collided in the intersection causing multiple injuries and one fatality.

Traffic Homicide Deputies believe a gray 2010 Toyota Camry, driven by Veronica Baber, 33, was traveling north on Old Plank Road. The Camry was occupied by Eleanor Monts, 53, and Kiera Monts, 13. A white 2001 Ford F350 truck, driven by John Stanley, 46, was traveling west on Tram Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

As a result of this collision, Eleanor Monts died. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Monts died from blunt force trauma related to the crash.

Traffic Homicide Deputies are continuing the forensic examination of the evidence and scene.

The investigation is ongoing and no decision has been made concerning charges in this case.

No other information is known at this time. We will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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The Leon County Sheriff's Office says a crash happened at 3:20p.m. at the intersection of Tram Road and W.W. Kelley Road in the south east end of the county. Officials say two vehicles were involved in the crash. Electrical power was interrupted in the area as a result of the crash.

No other information is known at this time. We will bring you the latest as it becomes available.


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  • by Thomas Location: Tallahasse on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:28 PM
    What is your problem , this needs to be taken down and you news guys need to get a life.
  • by ll joe Location: Tally on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Take this dwn people have suffered enough don't you think?
  • by Contacting Private Location: Near Tally on May 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    To Private if you seen this accident and you think driver should not be ticketed then call court in Leon or best yet show up as a witness on May25 2011 at 1:30pm at court house. Contact courts and tell them u wanna be a witness
  • by Private on May 9, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    We cant sit here and point fingers .... Tram road is dangerous I think it needs a Stop light both ways .... There has been more than 5 accidents in that area before its not that people cant driver and doesnt care its just a dangerous road .... As I was on the scene Totoya shouldnt be ticketed .... Stop looked both ways F350 came out of nowhere and hit the gas .... God bless all of the familys I pray for you all Hope all is well ....
  • by Tanjala Location: Crescent City on Oct 31, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    @ Luke your comment..?? Did u witness this accident? If so I would like 2 talk 2 u personally.I only want 2 talk 2 someone who witness this accident.@ ANYONE--if there is anyone out there who is willing please let me know tanjalawalker@yahoo.com @John Stanley..I'm praying 4 your mental state of mind. It was hard and sometimes still is,so I know you're still dealing with this as well. But just 2 let u know GOD IS ABLE.
  • by UNKNWN Location: TALLAASSE on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    In reference to the post below, I would like for you to explain this statement you made... " FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYBODY INVOLVED, THEY BETTER HOPE THAT THE 2010 CAMRY STOPPED AT THE STOP SIGN AND THE DRIVER OF THE F350 WAS AT FAULT"... That was not a 4-way stop, the truck had the right-of-way, please explain what you meant by your statement. WHATChA MEAN BY THAT
  • by LUKE Location: Tallahasse on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    the driver of the toyota didn't pass threw the stop sign , it was the F350 that ran right into them ; & i prayed when that happened that everyone was ok , but then i found out that a lady had passed away , i know that alot of people might be going thru about all of this , but the toyota driver was a complete stop & then there came the F350 , i was shocked when that happened i know the people had to be really hurt up in the toyota car because it was really bad . i PRAY for all the people that was involed in the accident . -MONTS , BABER , & f350 family i pray for .
  • by youngin Location: georgia on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    what !
  • by wondering Location: around, fl on Sep 16, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    @family member- how can you be family to the monts and baber family?
  • by Tanya Location: Tallahassee on Sep 16, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    My family and I was at the scene of this accident and the at fault driver was the driver of the toyota. she passed threw the sign and right into the front of the truck. something should be done about this. i wonder if she has been drinking
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