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Fatal Accident Spurs Hartland Woman to Take Action to Improve Safety of Intersection

Adrienne Conner of Hartland has contacted local government agencies in hopes of installing a street light on the corner of Fenton Road and Clyde Road.

A local mother is taking action to help improve the safety of one of Hartland’s busier intersections.

The corner of Clyde Road and Fenton Road, where a 56-year-old Fenton man died last week in a fatal accident, is currently without any type of light or stop signals. Speed, poor lighting and road conditions combine to make this intersection dangerous for drivers, according to resident Adrienne Conner.

“I can’t tell you how many times I have missed my own street because it’s so dark there,” Conner said. “There’s no street lamp, let alone a stoplight getting people to slow down at that intersection.”

On Jan. 11, Treena Jean Beazley of Howell was reportedly driving a 1990 Jeep Wrangler and traveling west on Clyde Rd when she failed to stop for a stop sign and crashed her vehicle into a 2011 Dodge Caliber driven by Roger Miles of Fenton. Police suspect that alcohol may have been involved.

Conner, who was home last Friday night, said she could hear the sounds of a crash from her family room and after hearing of the tragedy, immediately began contacting officials at various places including the Hartland Township, MDOT and the Livingston County Road Commission.

One of her first calls was to Robert West, director of Public Works for Hartland Township and Conner says her request for help was answered quickly and she is both “happy and impressed with the progress so far.”

West, who is new to the Public Works division in Hartland says he is still learning the process and procedures, but says an installation request for a streetlight at the corner of Clyde and Fenton Roads has been submitted to the Livingston County Road Commission and DTE.

Whether or not the new light would be a 3-way stoplight or simply a streetlight to help with visibility is still being determined, according to West. There is also no timeframe as of yet, on when a new light could be installed since the road commission is waiting on DTE to process the request.

“We are moving forward with it, but right now we are at the mercy of DTE,” he said. 

Recognizing that alcohol may have been a factor in the Jan. 11 accident, West also stresses the need for safe driving on all of the roads in Hartland and to know the conditions of the dirt or gravel roads.

“We encourage anyone driving down those roads to operate at a safe speed,” West said. “Often times, the conditions can change rapidly depending on the weather, whether it be snow, ice or rain.”

And for Conner, living near the site of the accident, her hope is that any type of safety measure will help prevent future tragedies. 

“Out of something so horrific and tragic, I would really like to see something positive,” she said.

DON January 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Speed limits on gravel roads need to be lowered and inforced, you can't stop very fast on gravel and people won't drive a safe speed even in deer crossing areas. Every intersection on every gravel road needs a stop light or 4 way stop sign to slow drivers down. When I worked in Highland I drove this road every day and there was allways somebody on my bumper waiting to pass and pepper my windshield with stones. My symphony go's out to the Miles family.
NotLazy January 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM
The rollover they had a couple weeks ago was during the day. I still suggest they mark the intersection with signs announcing an intersection east and west of Fenton....
Erin Welch January 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Every intersection on Fenton Rd. is horrible especially Dunham, Hyde, and Hibner you literally take your life in your own hands driving these roads especially during the hours that school is letting out it's ridiculous the amount of times I have been nearly hit.
Rosanne January 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Our family was saddened at the news of the fatal accident of Mr.Miles and our prayers go out to his family. I have lived on Clyde Rd, east of Fenton Rd.(very near the accident) for many years, and agree that lights would be a good thing there, as it is very dark and easy to miss Clyde coming off Fenton. The tall grasses that grow on both sides of the Fenton Rd /Clyde Rd intersection, need to be continually cut back so you can see on coming traffic. In icy conditions, coming down the hill on Clyde (even going very slow) I have seen people slide out onto Fenton.....I'm not sure what could be done about that, other than making sure that part of Clyde is supplied with salt/gravel mixture.
Scott Watson January 17, 2013 at 04:18 PM
My prayers to the Miles family as well. Yes Erin I agree with you regarding intersections on Fenton road. Fenton Road is travelled at way too fast of speeds and a number of the intersecting roads are gravel which makes for havoc waiting to happen. Livingston County Sherrif is always handing out tickets on M 59 east of US 23 if they really want to "protect and serve" maybe they work Fenton Road. I'm sure they would feel not enough "volume" to generate revenue. I haphazard to guess that there have been more fatal and serious accidents on Fenton Rd than the stretch of Hartland 59 east of US 23 that they patrol. I realize this is not the definitive answer to the perils of Fenton Rd, but it could be a step in the right direction. , .
Mary January 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Yes the road conditions on Clyde Road is terrible, especially in the winter. My husband almost had a similar accident like Mr. Miles. A truck pulling a trailer did the same thing, could not stop on icy Clyde road. Thank goodness my husband pulled out a maneuver and avoided a T-bone. I oppose a light or stop sign there. I travel this road often and love that I do not have to make any stops on this road. Improving Clyde road, maybe paving a portion of the road coming up to Fenton road would help, along with maybe some type of rumble strips to alert the driver.
Diane January 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I too agree that Clyde Rd. is a mess, not only in the winter but all year round. It's very dangerous to drive when it's either holy, or like a wash board, or very dusty. These roads in this part of Livingston Cty. are always bad. Fenton Rd. does need more patrols on it, the Cty. could make a fortune giving out tickets. People drive Fenton like idiots, passing on the hills, driving in the other lane to avoid holes, and just to darn fast. I avoid Fenton road as much as possible. It's a shame that it took this horrible accident to bring this to everyone's attention. Let's try to get some light out there so it doesn't happen again.
Barbara Krueger January 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM
How about an INTERSECTION AHEAD, for both Fenton and Clyde. I live on Fenton and really feel that the Dunham/Fenton intersection is dangerous because from Dunham, you can't see north up Fenton because of a slight rise in the road. A year ago someone/the county? was marking that section for ??and nothing ever happened. And the rough areas of Fenton just north of Hibner......people crossing over all the time to avoid that, and sooner or later, there will be a head on there.
becka January 18, 2013 at 01:14 AM
All these ideas are great, but all the stop signs and lights will not matter to a DRUNK DRIVER!

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