Other voices: Send solutions for Hwy. 49 issue to representative
Every time a life is lost in an accident on Highway 49, it is a tragedy, but to lose a child who has just begun life is incomprehensible. I am writing in response to the Other Voices of Oct. 6, in which Melisa Wilder wrote about the accident that sadly took her nephew’s life. She also wrote about a meeting addressing this issue that took place shortly thereafter.
I know firsthand that Rep. John Doolittle was very concerned. I worked for him and took a call from a Nevada County resident. I met with the caller and two others (not specifically about this little boy). It was well received by those present when I suggested that our office organize a meeting, inviting representatives from Caltrans, the Highway Patrol, etc., putting everyone who could do something in the same room at the same time to address the severity of the situation.
John Doolittle was a state senator at the time, and he felt that this meeting was important. We invited people who had lost loved ones to address the panel and tell their stories. This was a very heartfelt meeting and was scheduled as soon after my original meeting as possible, not because of an election. I also know that John did not leave after the first half of the meeting because I was sitting next to him. Those present did work together and the left- turn lanes were completed in approximately six weeks, not in about a year as was later stated. More improvements have followed.
I am saddened by the death of this little boy. I will never forget when his grandfather brought his picture and told us about him at this gathering. Please, if you have solutions, bring them to your state representative.
Kathie Keefer lives in Grass Valley.
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