Congratulations to you on your hard battle. TXDOT has made some big blunders locally in the last few years. I have been behind you and Vic on getting this done.
Heart breaks for her. Can't imagine. Good that she's taking this action. But it is not the road that caused her heartbreak. Sure, that road CAN BE more dangerous than others if driver attention is not where it should be given the situation. But so is a hairpin switchback road in the mountains. Driving must be adjusted. It was horrible driving or poor maintenance by that vehicle that crossed center. Even people on 4 lane divided interstate highways with medians also get killed when vehicles come across whatever divides traffic flow. Is there any doubt there would be few if any accidents on that road if all drivers observed safe speeds, didn't drink, kept distance between vehicles, didn't pull out onto it or around other vehicles without it being absolutely clear, didn't pass in no pass zones, kept their tires and brakes in good condition, didn't make phone calls or text messages or spend a mile changing the radio...etc. If it's the highway that's the problem, why do only 0.00001 percent of drivers have accidents on it?
11:52 I am well aware that the road itself did not cause my heartbreak. It was another drivers negligence that did. But...had the 74 million dollars that had previously been allocated to that road project been used my daughter might have had other options as to avoiding that accident. It is TXDOT's responsibility to see that our roadways are safe and efficient. Yes it is everyone’s job to be a responsible driver. We all know that is not always the case. Driving is a privilege not a right. HWY 380 over the years has become increasingly more dangerous. With the rapid growth in population, the traffic increases. This roadway has far exceeded it's capabilities due to that. Since the road has been done in Wise County the fatalities have decreased. Yes there are still accidents. Yes there are still irresponsible people on the roads. But the chance of those accidents being fatal ones decreases when you have more options to get out of the way. I am just one voice there are many more. Quote's from a recent press release. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) has been a key champion of transportation solutions, "The safety of those who travel our roads in Texas should be the highest priority", said Burgess, M.D. (TX-26). "I have had multiple meetings and conversations with TxDOT about Highway 380. This morning's minute order by the Commission will help ensure the safety of those traveling the roadway west of Denton." Dallas District Engineer, Bill Hale said, "We are committed to the safety of our traveling public and we are committed to working with all of our partners to ensure we deliver these much needed transportation projects ever mindful that we are stewards of the public's trust." Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) has been a key champion of transportation solutions, "The safety of those who travel our roads in Texas should be the highest priority", said Burgess, M.D. (TX-26). "I have had multiple meetings and conversations with TxDOT about Highway 380. This morning's minute order by the Commission will help ensure the safety of those traveling the roadway west of Denton."Denton County Judge Mary Horn. "There are many challenges in moving transportation projects to construction and concrete, not the least of which is funding. As we work with our regional, state and federal representatives we can tackle these challenges and one by one address critical safety projects like U.S. 380," said Denton County Judge Mary Horn."Knowing this long stretch of U.S. 380 is now funded and will soon be constructed means more than words can say and will benefit thousands of drivers every day," said Commissioner Andy Eads.TXDOT had the money TXDOT moved the money. Knowing the safety issues with that roadway. That is not being good stewards of the public's trust. I trust now they will keep their commitment and use this money to widen the remaining portion of this roadway. We will be watching.
11:52, thank you for your lecture. (sarcasm intended).This road needs to be widened. If this is how the mom focuses her grief, it is great. She is helping others.
I agree with 11:52 100%. Poor woman needs to move on and accept it.
1:54 - You better watch what you say. You don't what you would do if you lost a child. That is a pair of shoes that I pray that I never have to walk in. I for one am very proud of the positive approach to her healing process that she has taken. She has taken a terrible tragedy and has essentially made TXDOT widen a highway that should have been widened a long time ago.
I have lost a child so what's your point? You better watch what you say and stop thinking that life is all about you.People die. People lose those near and dear to them everyday. Did you know that or are you really so dumb to think everything revolves around you?
3:33 I think you need therapy. The lady doesn't think that life revolves around her. She is being proactive in her grieving.
I think you all need to step back thank her for the fight she has fought to help make 380 a bit more safe for all of us. I know in a few years when my child is driving, I will more then appriciate all that was done to help make a dangerous road a bit more driver friendly. I don't know what I would do if I lost one of my children, I don't want to start to imagine. For those who are telling her to move on, it's been SIX months since her daughter was taken. She hasn't had time to move on. To the one said life doesn't revolve around her... Her fighting to make a road better doesn't exactly seem selfish to me. I know I will always be thankful to her for fighting the fight that many of us have thought in our heads "Wow, they should really try to improve this road" but we didn't take time out of our lives to do it. I really hope she doesn't read the harsh comments some of the people on here leave.
Thank you so much for making this road safer for the rest of us to drive on. I have been affected by two separate, fatal accidents on this dangerous road. Statistics don't lie. The road will now be much safer because of this mother's efforts. Kudos to her!!!! I hope they name the highway after her daughter.
To 3:33 PMI am Eva and that is my daughter. First I want to tell you I am truly sorry you have lost a child also. This is not something any parent is prepared to deal with ever. This is not the way any of us want life to turn out. This is a club no one chooses to join. And no I don't think that everything revolves around me. This is not a position I chose to be put in. A negiligent driver made that choice for me.I wish every day it would have been me and not her. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about giving up. Most day's I would just rather stay in bed and not even bother with life any more. Yes I know people die everyday people lose loved ones everyday how very well I know that. We had just buried my grandmother the month before we lost the girls. Losing a child is not something you just get over and just move on. You choose to give up and die or you choose to live your life the best way you can with the "new life" you have been thrust into. I choose to live for God, my daughter and my family. I chose this battle to try and bring something positive out of something terrible. My daughter gave 100% at everything and would expect nothing less of me. I did not do this to draw attention to me I did this for Sam and Delaney and everyone else that has lost a loved one on that road or that has to drive that road. Many of our kids drive that road to and from college on a daily basis many of our loved ones work in Denton County and drive that road. What is so selfish about expecting safer roads for everyone? This is how I choose to deal with my grief. This is how I choose to funnel my anger. Again I am sorry for the loss of your child and I will keep you in my prayers as I do every one of the parents I know that have lost thier children.
11:52 you are a fool of the highest degree. You are one of the type of individuals who, if suffered the lost of an immediate family, would probably say ..."Oh well, S- - - happens."The location where the accident happened, from the shoulder of the road to the tree line, is less than 20 feet. From the shoulder of the road to the bar ditch, the ground drops almost five feet. At the bar ditch is a bank with a tree line on top of it. The girls saw the accident in front of them, swerved off the highway. The vehicle that struck them had been struck by another vehicle in front of the girls. At 55 MPH, try stopping in a 15 foot area, with a bar ditch beside you and a tree line. The vehicle that hit them pushed them into the bar ditch, ran over the top of them and pushed them into the tree line. They had nowhere to go!.Had the roadwork been completed as scheduled, they would have had options.Yes, there are accidents due to all of the reasons you mentioned. Their deaths were the direct results of someone else's negligence. Any driver, seeing an accident in front of them would have reacted the exact same way....try to avoid.I'll pray for you.
Wow, 3:33, I am sorry for the one you lost, but were you proactive in trying to prevent what caused your child's death? Actually, you really don't sound as if you have lost a child..... I'm thinking you just like being "heard" and will make up nonsense to get attention! Had you truly lost a child, your heart would cry out and be very grateful for what anyone can do to prevent the death of any child. I knew both of these precious children who died in this horrendous accident. My life and those of others who knew them will never be the same. How dare you tell us to move on! That's just more indication that you not only have NOT lost a child, but that you are an insensitive ASSHOLE who craves any kind of attention you can dig up. You are also showing your total ignorance about life, family and love. I don't feel sorry for you AT ALL, because you evidently have no compassion for others and you are obviously a liar. May God have mercy on your soul! ( because I sure wouldn't!)
I hope the new roadway will give you great closure Eva and also all the other families who have lost loved ones.I pray that drivers be more careful in their driving because during the new construction there will be even greater dangers.My feeling is that the vehicle that hit the girls came so fast that they had no reaction to go anywhere. This can happen even on a four lane devided highway too.It is a sad fact that we must be constantly aware of as we are driving.
I'm so proud of this Lady. I wished I had known about the petition. I would have gladly signed it. So many people have died on that dangerous highway through the years. I will think about her every time I travel 380 from now on.
3:33,There is no way you have lost a child, because the lack of compassion you have. I myself have not had to deal with this loss, but my mother has. It has been 3 yrs now and she is still grieving. I have several friends that have and its been 20 yrs. for some but they are still not over it. I have come to see they NEVER get over it and move on, they just try to deal with it in a different more positive way. You sound like a real cold hearted jerk and I feel for you if ever you do have a child taken from this life.
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