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[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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