Man continues quest to improve road safety in Port St. Lucie

Three months since high school senior hit

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - In retirement, Ed Verschueren planned to spend most days building furniture.

But he's constantly reminded of a recent tragedy in front of his Port St. Lucie home.

"Walk out get the paper, get the mail, go to the grocery store.  It can't die within me," said Verschueren, looking at the memorial still standing at the edge of his yard.

In April, 18-year-old Dayanna Gil was hit by a car walking to the bus.  It was the third crash on Verschueren's stretch of Lucero Drive in less than a year.

Verschueren says his street is used as a shortcut by speeding drivers.

About six weeks after the crash involving Gil, the city's engineering department put down traffic sensors not only to measure traffic volume, but also speed.

Transportation Engineer Heath Stocton says the city is currently reviewing all the data that was compiled and should have a final report in the next 30 days.

"If maybe not the stop signs for stop control, is speed an issue? Is volume an issue? Through that we can try and mitigate that with some possible traffic calming measures," said Stocton.

Verschueren says with a new school year around the corner, time is of the essence.

Stocton says they should be able to make their recommendations to the city in about a month.

 


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