2 Fatal Accidents on Holt Road draws extreme concern

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Holt Road is one of the main drags in Webster, being right off the highway. People who live here say speed is concern and could possibly play a large role in two  traffic fatalities that happened this past weekend.

“It’s horrible,” said Jim Bongard, who lives on Shoemaker Road. 

Two fatal car accidents in 3 days…numbing to those who live on or near Holt Road in Webster.
For Jim Bongard, he says this should be a wake up call for police.

“It does seem like a race track. The speed limit is 35, but nobody drives 35,” he said. 

Bongard lives two houses down from Friday’s accident on Shoemaker and Holt Roads,
that took the life of 71-year old Richard Maas.

“Saw them pull the man out of the car and put the blanket over the body,” said Bongard. 

A sight many who live on Shoemaker Road, like Mark Montoya, are trying to forget.

“Being that it’s the second death on our corner, yes it is really shocking, it’s unreal,” added Montoya.

Sunday, at the intersection of Holt and Orchard Street, 69-year-old Gerald Cernis died from injuries in another car crash. Donna and Doug Marquardt, who live on Holt Road say this could have been prevented if police would patrol this busy street more.

“I’ve asked three times in the last year to have  a radar car down here a couple times and I’ve not seen them. 
“We’d like to see either more enforcement with speeding tickets or a three way stop sign at this corner,” said Doug and Donna Marquardt.

Adding the speed limit being enforced should be top priority — especially with walkers and runners using Hojack Trail and various side streets; drivers need to slow down.

“I don’t want to see anyone else killed..it’s been enough.. especially this week,” explained Donna Marquardt.

News 8 is still waiting on clarification from Webster Police for more information if speed was a major factor in both of the incidents.  

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