ATLANTA - Neighbors at the intersection of Browns Mill Road and Fairlane Drive say they are fed up with people racing around that dangerous curve. Sunday, they mourn the loss of a neighbor who took that fatal turn Saturday night around 9 p.m.
Neighbors say they would like to see speed bumps, trees cut back and more signage. What they'd truly like to see are fewer accidents. None of this will bring back the life of 36-year-old Geoffrey Starks who died Saturday, just down the street from where he lived.
"I don't know what can be done," said neighbor Sylvester Murray Jr. "I just want to bring light to the situation. It's a dangerous curve and it continues to happen. And I don't know what to do. I don't know who to talk to."
Murray and his family live here on the curve. He says accidents happen here at least twice a month.
"There's been several people come up in my yard, my neighbor's yard, ran into the mail box. I don't know what we can do about it," said Murray."
He says cars hit electric poles, mailboxes, and shrubs and they tear up yards. Murray says something needs to happen before anyone else gets hurt in his front yard.
"The officer said you can't do the speed humps, so I'm thinkin' those little rollin' those little knots in the road. I don't know."
Right now, teddy bears, balloons, and candles mark the spot where Geoffrey Starks lost his life. The police report shows Starks passed a car at the curve, jumping into the wrong side of a two lane street. That's when he hit a Honda CRV head on. The medical examiner's office says Starks died at the scene. The two people in the other car were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"17 years I've been here and it's been about 3 deaths in this curb right here that I know of," says Melissa Glass who lives right across from where this accident happened.
The Atlanta Police Department couldn't immediately confirm how many deaths happened here in recent years. With wrecks happening so frequently, Melissa Glass says she and her neighbors constantly have to clean up the mess left behind and take care of the people too.
"Especially when we have to run out and see somebody gettin' hurt and we're callin' the police you know got to call and make sure everybody's ok, is anybody hurt? And I've done that on several occasions."
Overall, they want the city to do something. Even as we stood in the curve hardly anyone was obeying the marked 35 mph limit.
"It's awful. The curve and the people coming around the curve so fast it's like a racetrack and they're flying around," said Glass.
Along with speed bumps, neighbors would like to see some of the trees cut back and sidewalks added to keep the constant pedestrians safe.