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Wentzville Patch Readers React to Hwy. N Fatality

After hearing about the accident, readers responded with a mixture of grief and outrage as well as calls to action.

Wentzville Patch readers reacted with grief and outrage at the death of a Wentzville man in a car crash on Highway N last week.

Chase Marler: When are they going to fix this road!?!?!? Highway N is a death trap...

Jackie Marler: My prayers are with his family. How many more tragedies must occur on this road before the city/county wake up and do something about it? This happens nearly every month. The largest school campus in Wentzville is on this road. So sad.

Barb Helfrich: Bobby graduated in 2008 with my son. He went on vacation to Michigan and the UP with us in July of 2007. He was at our home many times. He was a very gentle, sweet teenager when I knew him.
I have driven N a many a time and that road is horrible. I could never figure out why they built a high school in a corn field with the only acccess from that direction on Highway N. The road should have been fixed before the school built. I have many times, at the speed limit, been unable to navigate those curves.
I havent seen him since graduation day. I moved to Michigan. When we were on vacation I asked him about his salvation I asked him "IF you were to die tonight, where woud you spend eternity?" He told me he knew Jesus, so I know where he is today. We are goning to miss you, Bobby. You are in a better place.

chrisfrzzr: Bobby was so sweet and caring it doesnt even feel real why did this have to happen to such a caring and loving person he would cry for ur pain and laugh at every joke he put so many smiles on peoples faces :( rip bobby we miss u so much

On the Wentzville Patch Facebook page, many expressed the same concerns:

Jackie Marler: We need to fix this road. It was never intended to support the thousands of people who now travel on it every day to work, school, and home. Soon, we'll have a major highway dumping even more traffic on Hwy N. My prayers are with this family, and the many others who have lost loved ones on Hwy N these past few years.

Some spoke out to encourage the use of seatbelts:

Kevin Genteman Sr.: While this is a tragedy and very sad for a young man to lose his life so soon, none the less he chose not to use the seat belt. I speak from a person whose life could have went in a different way should I have chosen not to use my seat belts at the age of 28. It is ones responsibility to protect himself the best way he can. Then when a tragedy like this happens, the remaining love ones can say...they did everything he or she could have. My prayers to this family. Seatbelts save lives!

And others encouraged the community to take action:

Angela Bowser Herren Many have asked what you can do to help with the Hwy N initiative and here is your opportunity. Please write a letter of support of the Hwy N, SOS-II Initiative to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) which is a six-member bipartisan board that governs the Missouri Department of Transportation. Public comment period to submit letters to the MHTC is until May 31st.

The following key items should be included when writing:
1. WHO you are
2. WHY this is needed - safety for all who travel Hwy N
3. WHAT you are requesting - see bullet points below:
a. Complete resurfacing of Hwy N
b. Adding shoulders
c. Bring lanes to standard size of 12ft (currently 9ft lanes)
d. Center Line Rumble Strip
e. Shoulder Rumble Strips
f. Addition of turn lanes for high traffic areas
4. WHEN/WHERE: – see below:
Requesting approval by MHTC for Hwy N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the two projects located in St. Charles County along Route N (approximately 11 miles total):
1. From Sommers Road to Route Z
2. From Route Z to Route T
Please keep letters positive including thanking the MHTC for their time and consideration.
Mail letters to:
Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
P.O. Box 270
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Kylee Johndrow May 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I live in Stone Meadows and I refuse to take Hwy N. It is overcrowded with minimal turning lanes and dangerous curves. Even if you are following the rules of the road, it is all too easy for someone in the other lane to swerve over leaving you with few options (no shoulders). Even with seatbelts on, this road poses serious threats to the drivers and passengers, especially younger children, considering most accidents are head on collisions. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!!!! Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville need to collaborate and make something happen!!!!!!
kevin genteman sr May 21, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Every road has a potential to be a death trap, high ways, back roads, your road, my roads. Are roads really the problem? Or could it simply be paying attention. This almost sounds like guns kill people, not the person behind the gun. Roads don't kill people, people make mistakes there called accidents. Some times like this one a single car, could it have been worse, you bet...imagine crossing the center line at the wrong time? Individual need to take responsibility for them self and not blame so many different things. Fix all the roads, throw money all over them, and I will guarantee you at some point in time it will happen again. Perhaps if we all had rubber cars?
LuLu May 22, 2013 at 06:56 AM
If the job was done correctly the first time, we wouldnt be in the situation we are now. We shouldn't have had to say goodbye to Bobby so soon. Its not fair. They need to fix this road!
Matt Meester May 23, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I just read the Page Ave ground breaking in horror. This extension will connect with hwy 40/61 at hwy N. What this means is that an already DEADLY road will get more traffic. It seems to me that MODOT has 18 months to not only complete Page Ave, but to, at minimum, expand Hwy N all the way to Hwy Z with three lanes and wide shoulders. Which entity is it that doesn't care enough about the citizens of Wentzville to make this a priority? Wentzville Board, MODOT or does it just not matter to those that haven't known someone to die on this road?
ValA May 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Kevin. Go kill yourself you waste of fucking space. Maybe educate yourself on what happened before making ignorant comments. Wearing a seat belt wouldn't have saved him. But you wouldn't know that because you obviously didn't read that the car flipped multiple times and hit trees. The road is the problem. He obviously DID pay attention and knew how to drive considering the fact he got home safe every other night of his life. He needs to take responsibility? Umm, he's fucking gone and you're just sick in the head for saying that. Maybe PEOPLE need to take responsibility for the road being so shitty instead of blaming the victim.
Tamara Duncan May 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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