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Cambria crash site a 'danger spot' according to residents

by TSchmitt
Thu, Jun 20th 2013 08:00 am

More details are emerging about the 20-year-old Youngstown man who died following a motorcycle crash in Cambria, and those who live in that neighborhood tell WLVL this is hardly an isolated incident.

Lew-Port graduate Thomas Burley was riding a motorcycle that collided with a minivan at North Ridge and Church roads in Cambria.

The initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle crossed the center line.

Burley was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time after arrival.

But for those who live at that corner, just east of Ransomville, this is a familiar story.

Carol Jeffery has lived on the corner all her life and she has horrific memories of previous accidents. 

Jeffery said on Wednesday that changes to the curve more than two decades ago have helped, but it's still difficult to negotiate. 

"It is a danger spot," Jeffery said.

A decade ago, Megan Merchant died less than a hundred yards from where Burley's accident occurred, hitting a tree in front of Jeffery's house. She also said cars have run into her front porch and rolled over on her lawn. 

And other local residents recalled a similar crash that claimed the life of Scott Jordan.

Jeffery said for those who live at the curve, it's become a way of life.

"I guess we are used to it," Jeffery said. "You hope it will never happen again, but when you get kids going too fast and they don't realize how fast they're going and how dangerous it is, how can you stop that?"

As for Burley, he was a part of the Air Force Military Police and an active member of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department.


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