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Deadly crash leads to concerns of intersection

7:23 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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Angie Fleenor lives not too far the South Northshore Drive and Town Center Boulevard intersection. That's where Knoxville police say a 1998 Toyota 4Runner being driven by Tyler Wheatley, 23, went over a guardrail and landed upside down in a pond early Monday morning. Officers believe Wheatley over-corrected the SUV when it went off the road. Police say Wheatley was wearing a seat belt.

Fleenor says three weeks ago she complained about the partial gravel, partially paved section directly across from where the SUV went into the water in hopes of preventing such incidents.

She said, "I have teenage nieces who drive this area. If you have an inexperienced driver anybody could, in my opinion, veer off into the water."

There are barrels blocking the area; however Fleenor says they're too far apart and can be confusing to drivers, especially at night.

"I've called Knox County about this area, about the barrels being set up so far apart and also I actually took a picture of this area last night to call Knox County back with my concerns."

Fleenor took the picture a little more than 12 hours before the submerged SUV was spotted by another driver. She says it can appear as if drivers are supposed to drive between the barriers, a path that leads right into the water.

A representative for Knox County says Northshore Drive is a state-controlled road. 10News was unable to reach a representative for the state to discuss whether anything is being done in or about that area of concern.

Fleenor's hoping someone will take another look at the area and take a more aggressive approach to protect people passing.

"I hope they put cement blocks here or they line these barrels up where they're touching each other to block this waterway," Fleenor said.

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