Men lobby to close road where boy was killed

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 30, 2001

VIDALIA – The men who were the first to reach the 12-year-old victim of a fatal four-wheeler accident say they will push to get the Concordia Parish Police Jury to close to road where the accident happened.

Darryl Fauver, a resident of nearby Olive Street whose yard borders Riverview Parkway, said young people often speed down the 2.5-mile dirt road on three- and four-wheelers and motorcycles.

&uot;The road is long and straight and they get up to such a speed that it’s dangerous,&uot; Vidalia resident Eddie Reynolds said.

While they did not say speed was a factor in the accident that killed Charles Andrew Slade on Saturday, the men believe closing the road would be the best way to prevent any more accidents.

&uot;I just want that road to be closed before someone else gets hurt,&uot; Fauver said.

Fauver and Reynolds were installing a satellite dish at Fauver’s house at 4 p.m. Saturday when Slade’s four-wheeler flipped over on Riverview behind Fauver’s house.

Slade, whose funeral was held Tuesday morning, was pronounced dead at Natchez Regional Medical Center Saturday as a result of head injuries sustained in the accident. Slade’s 9-year-old brother, who was also riding the four-wheeler, was not injured.

Fauver plans to take his request to the Concordia Parish Police Jury’s next meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the new courthouse on Carter Street.

And if he does take his complaint to the police jury, he may get his wish.

&uot;No one’s contacted me about this yet, but if it’s a hazard, I’m sure we (jurors)&160;could take some kind of action,&uot; jury President Charlie Blaney said Tuesday.

Blaney said the jury could close the road as long as it held a public hearing on the matter and no one opposed the closing of the road.

If the road was closed, gates on both ends of the road could be locked and &uot;no trespassing&uot; signs could be posted.

&uot;But kids will probably still find a way to get on that road if they want to,&uot;&160;Blaney said. &uot;You can go places with four-wheelers that you couldn’t go otherwise.&uot;