CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- It’s been three years since a woman started a letter writing campaign to change the intersection of Reames Road and Metromont Industrial Boulevard where her husband died.
NewsChannel 36 I-team reporter Stuart Watson has followed her efforts from the start, and on Friday all of her efforts over the years paid off.
Steve Hance’s nickname was “Flat Top”, he worked at the home depot near Lake Norman. On his way to work on Reames Road at Metromont Industrial Boulevard, an 18-wheeler “t-boned” his Jeep Cherokee killing him.
“I got a phone call from someone at the trauma center at CMC saying he had been in an accident” recalled Carol Hance.
Steve's widow, Carol, found six accidents in the span of five years at the same intersection. Two of the accidents were serious, and there was one fatal – her husband’s.
Carol began calling DOT traffic engineer Scott Cole many times to ask him to rework the intersection, but she had never met Scott in person until NewsChannel 36 Reporter Stuart Watson made the introduction.
“You know this man,” asked reporter Stuart Watson.
“Hi Scott it's finally nice to meet you, I'm Carol Hance,” she said
Carol never blamed the DOT for her husband’s death, but she found the intersection off Reames and Metromont Industrial confusing.
The trucker that hit Steve did not slow down and yield the right of way.
“So what we did was bring Metromont more towards us and tilt it at more of a 90 degree angle,”said Cole.
So now trucks have to slow down on Reames Road before turning onto Metromont Industrial Boulevard.
“This forces them to be more cautious before they make their turn crossing over right-of-way traffic, and not just slowing down Stuart but they also look at the on-coming traffic,” said Cole.
The whole job to make the minor improvements cost $185,000.00 a small price to pay to save a life.
“I do really appreciate you bringing it to our attention and giving us the opportunity to make a change,” said Cole.
“I appreciate you taking it seriously and getting this job done. No problem,” said Carol.
Steve Hance loved cars, he could fix things he was good with his hands.
“I knew Steve. Very practical guy. Very pragmatic guy” said Carol,
“Would probably say job well done,” asked Stuart Watson.
“He would probably say job well done,” responded Carol.
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