FREMONT (KPIX) — Some of the scenic stretches of street within the Bay Space additionally occurs to be the deadliest of 2017.
Since January, there have been 5 deadly crashes alongside Niles Canyon Street, a seven mile stretch of a slender 2-lane street that runs from the town of Fremont to Scotts Nook in unincorporated Alameda County.
Jayda Jenkins, 18, was the primary to die on Niles Canyon. On January 21, her automotive hit a pointy curve, smashed into one other automotive, misplaced management, and plunged into Alameda Creek. Her automotive was discovered instantly. Her physique was recovered a few month later eleven miles away.
Her mom, Denielle Jenkins, stated her life because the crash has been very troublesome.
“Shattered,” she stated.
Since Jayda’s demise, there have been 4 extra: a head-on crash in April. A truck killed a bicyclist in Might. A motorcyclist died in June. And in July, a lady was killed when she flipped her automotive over.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Denielle Jenkins stated. “It hurts to know that anyone else’s household goes via what we’re going by way of.”
Investigators inform KPIX5 there are a selection of causes for the fatalities.
Fremont police stated in some instances, drivers skilled medical issues, unrelated to Niles Canyon street. The driving force who hit the bicyclist says the solar received in her eyes and she or he by no means noticed him.
In Jayda’s case, a winter storm made for troublesome driving circumstances.
There have been additionally mudslides alongside Niles Canyon in the course of the stormy season, however they haven’t contributed to any fatalities this yr.
However authorities have recognized many risks alongside the street. As a result of it’s so slender with only a few shoulders, there’s virtually no margin of error if a driver turns a curve and loses management. And research have discovered velocity is a significant factor.
Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus stated the street is present process a 4 half enchancment undertaking which is increasing shoulders in some key areas, placing up signage and security bumps to sluggish drivers down. The challenge can also be changing a bridge and shoring up areas vulnerable to rock slides. The challenge has been underway for greater than a decade, because the early 2000s.
“We’ve been making enhancements through the years,” Haus stated. “We did have the one undertaking we did should abandon.”
Caltrans needed to abandon enhancements for years due to a lawsuit from locals who have been fearful concerning the surroundings. A gaggle referred to as Alameda Creek Alliance stated too many timber have been being reduce down and native snakes and frogs endangered.