Rumble strips will be installed at Guilford Road stop sign Intersection has been site of two fatal accidents

September 13, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

In the wake of two fatal car crashes at a Simpsonville intersection, Howard County officials say they will install rumble strips to alert drivers to a stop sign.

In the accidents, police said, cars traveling east on Guilford Road ran an oversized stop sign and struck cars traveling on Pindell School Road -- killing a Fulton man Thursday and a 64-year-old New Jersey woman Aug. 24.

Officials said the rumble strips are one of the best traffic-calming devices to "wake up" drivers before an intersection.

"When people go over [the strips], if they're being lackadaisical, they'll be aware that something is happening," said William Malone, the acting chief of the Division of Traffic Engineering for Howard County.

Police and county officials said the intersection is considered well-marked, with the larger-than-usual stop signs and a "stop ahead" warning sign several hundred feet from a two-way stop approaching Pindell School Road.

Both drivers who ran the stop signs were not area residents -- a possible factor in the accidents, officials said.

"It's not a high-speed intersection," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, spokesman for Howard County police.

"The only thing we can point to is that these people were not familiar with the area," he said.

Cars routinely zip toward the intersection, where the speed limit is 30 mph on both roads, police said.

Police said they cited seven drivers for speeding there Friday.

Officials have no plans to install a stoplight at the intersection but might put flashing lights at the "stop ahead" sign, Malone said.

In Thursday's crash, Edward Mark Padow, 56, was killed when the Nissan he was driving was struck by a Chevrolet pickup driven by Arturo Bristan Griffith, 23, of Annapolis.

Police say Griffith ran a stop sign on Guilford Road.

On Aug. 24, Kee Kim of Fort Lee, N.J., was killed after the car in which she was a passenger ran a stop sign and struck a Chevrolet Suburban, police said.

Police were investigating both accidents.

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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