Drivers Voice Concerns on N. Meridian Road - SLIDE SHOW

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

(UPDATE) Tallahassee, FL -- November 8, 2011 - 10:20am -

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital officials say 25-year-old Shakira Smith has been upgraded to serious condition.

She was taken to the hospital with critical injuries Sunday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Delvin Cromartie of Tallahassee lost control of a 2002 Toyota Camry on Meridian Road.
He died on scene. Smith was the passenger in that car.

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(UPDATE) Tallahassee, FL -- November 7, 2011--Mike Springer

Troopers are still trying to piece together what happened in Sunday morning's fatal crash on North Meridian Road. But a lot of drivers say they're not surprised by what happened.

"It's Not safe. It's not safe. Like I said, people drive too fast. People dart out of the side road and try to get in front of you," says Mary Burner.

Troopers say around 3am Sunday, Delvin Cromartie was driving along North Meridian Road with Shakira Smith when Cromartie lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree, killing him and severely injuring Smith.

Many residents say because of speeding and sharp curves, accidents have become all too common here. It's one of the reasons why drivers like Mary Burner try to avoid the road at all costs.

"I run a computer business so I do a lot of on-sight services and I'll go miles out of my way if I have to," says Burner.

Other drivers like Nick Henn say they want to see improvements made to the road that will make is safer and less of a hazard for drivers.

"How many people have to die before you start chopping down trees? Like a ten or twenty foot embankment on the side of the road. How many lives would that save in the next ten, twenty years, " says Henn.

Troopers say when driving on any road, drivers should always take the proper safety precautions to keep them and other motorists safe.

"Obey the speed limit, avoid any distractions and always wear your safety belt," says Lt. Jeff Frost of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Smith is in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles, there have been 24 crashes this year on North Meridian Road. And yesterday's crash has been the only fatality. Florida seems to show a high number of crashes state-wide. in 2010 alone, there was 235, 461 reported accidents. That's 338,112 drivers impacted... and an average of 645 crashes every day.

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Tallahassee, FL -- November 6, 2011

The male driver has been identified as 25 year-old, Delvin Cromartie. Passenger Sharkira Smith, also 25, was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
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Tallahassee, FL - November 6, 2011
Updated at 8:52 AM

The male driver is dead. FHP believes he had lost control of his car before he crashed into a tree. Speed is believed to be a possible cause.

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Tallahassee, FL - November 6, 2011

A fatal crash took place shortly before 7 AM this morning at Merdian Rd. and Casa Ribera Lane.

Meridian Rd. near County Road 12 is currently closed off to traffic.


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  • by BOONK on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    FIRST OFF LET ME SAY DIS RIP DELVIN CUZ I LOVE U....OK NOW TO ALL U PPL DATS POST TRYIN TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE HE WAS SO WRONG WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES SUM TIME BUT CAN U ATLEAST LOOK AT DA POINT HE LOST HIS LIFE DAT NITE N WE ARE GOIN THRU A VERY TOUGH TIME.....REGUARDLESS OF IF HE COULDNT MAINTAIN OR IF HE WAS INCAPABLE OF DRIVIN DAT CAR HE STILL LOST HIS LIFE SO WOULD LIKE IT IF U ALL WOULD JUST STOP POSTIN DIS STUPID STUFF ON HERE N LET US GET THRU DIS WITOUT YALL OPINION ON WAT HAPPENED DAT NITE
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    i totally aqree with wat u said keep all neqatives comments to youself thank of both families feelings not ur opinions..i just ask god to be with Shakira in family im am praying for i know you will get well soon.. RIP Bruh you will be truly missed we loved you but god loves you best we need ur guidance to get us on with life........
  • by J on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    I bet opinions would be a little different if this was their son or daughter.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Nov 8, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    This should not be a surprise. When the manufacturer has to boldly print on a 6 foot ladder that the item/paint rack on the backside of the ladder is not a rung. We've got problems. The same people that would use the paint rack as a step are driving cars. Let's hope when they make these commonsense mistakes, nobody's in their crosshairs.
  • by melinda Location: monticello on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Any of you people who advocate chopping down trees and doing away with canopy roads should move to South Florida where there are miles and miles of treeless roads where stupid speeding reckless people die every day. But the point would be no trees to cause accidents like this one. None of the beauty or peacefulness of trees either. So shut up or get out of the deep south!
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      by One Shot on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to melinda
      All people are trying to say,at least the point i want to make is if the tree is dead or dying it should be removed before it falls on someone. Falling limbs and trees have caused a few accidents and deaths on these roads.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    The road is what it is. It has developed since the early history of Leon County to the canopy road it is today. By now it could have been a 4-lane highway. Apparently that has not the wishes of the citizens. So drivers are faced with a somewhat narrow, curvy road with no shoulders. You have two choices. Avoid the road. Or you use your ability (brain) as a human to perceive, process, reason, and react, to drive in a manner that is conducive to the conditions prevailing at any given location. This could be I-10 or Meridian Road. Adjust or maybe you die. It will be interesting to see if the grim reaper had some assistance in this death by way of alcohol consumption.
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      by BOONK on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to Jim
      kEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF IF YOU DNT MIND iF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO SaY NICE DNT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    I say Put FHP out there to write some Tickets.......but then, all you people complaining about the Speeders would complain because YOU got a Ticket for Speeding.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    How many People have to DIE before Trees are Cut Down? Is that what you are Asking? Really? WOW, you SHOULD be asking How many People have to Die before they start OBEYING THE LAWS AND DRIVE SAFELY? This article states several Times that People Speed and Pull Out in Front of other Cars........ It's NOT the Trees, it the PEOPLE DRIVING UNSAFELY. Get a Clue.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    I got "t-boned" once by a young lady that didn't know what the purpose was for that big red sign at the end of the road.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    I drive Meridian Rd. everyday and the biggest problem is drivers speeding. The road makes sharp curves and you need to slow down so you don't end up on the opposite lane. I know cyclists have nothing to do with the accident, but they are putting themselves at risk and drivers at risk when they ride on Meridian Rd. On several occasions I've come around a curve an there is a cyclist. This road is far too curvy and has no shoulders for them to be on it. Our tax dollars fund roads with bike lanes, so go to those roads and stay off of the canopy roads.
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