Deadly crash raises concerns at intersection

Posted at: 04/10/2013 10:50 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Ashley Browder, 21, was hit and killed at the intersection of Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch two months ago. 

Some say they see crashes, bad crashes, at the intersection far too often.  Authorities said, there has been 32 crashes there in the past year. 

People who spoke with KOB Eyewitness News 4 Wednesday are questioning how many people have to die there before something is done.

Roy Stewart has worked as a mechanic at Quanz Advanced Auto Care at the corner of Eagle Ranch and Paseo Del Norte for 20 years and said, in that time, he and others who work there have seen a lot more than vehicles in need of repair.

"I've seen a multitude of accidents, many, several, probably half a dozen deaths," Stewart said.

"We've seen t-bones, we've seen rollovers, big rear-end hits from people trying to slam their brakes at this light," Quanz Advanced Auto Care Manager James Kleinsteuber said.

Stewart is still recovering from a crash at this intersection that totaled his car three weeks ago.

"Broke a bone in my foot, twisted my ankle real bad and messed up my shoulder," Stewart said.  "Ran right into me, never saw me."

Stewart's story sounds similar to what Lindsay Browder, who cannot yet walk on her own, explained during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at the District Courthouse.

"As I'm approaching the hill, I had the green light so I was going the speed limit," Browder described before a judge.

The speed limit is 35 mph on Eagle Ranch.  A lead investigator explained Casaus was going 62 mph on Paseo, where the speed limit is 50 mph before the intersection.  Browder said she never saw Casaus, his car or his lights.

KOB drove northbound on Eagle Ranch in the same direction Browder said she drove with her sister Ashley in the passenger seat on February 10.  From the driver's seat, the view of westbound Paseo is obstructed until a vehicle enters the middle of the intersection.

A memorial still stands where Sgt. Casaus t-boned Browder's car, killing Ashley.

"The last thing I remember is just going through the green light at the intersection right before the crosswalk, and then I don't remember anything until the hospital," Browder said.

"Pretty dangerous intersection from what I've seen," Kleinsteuber said.

KOB is waiting for a response from the city in regard to if anything has been considered to help improve the intersection.

"Something definitely needs to be done," Stewart said.