Hwy. 87 crossing is lethal


The fatal motorcycle wreck on the Beeline occurred on Saturday, July 13, 2019. I passed it driving southbound.

On Monday, July 8, I went shooting at the Jim Jones range with a friend. I was on the passenger side of his vehicle and the grass was so high, that we could not see the fast, northbound, high-speed traffic without pulling out into the highway and even then, taking a chance at crossing over, to enter the Jim Jones range.

On Monday July 15, (after the fatality) I took my son and grandson shooting. ADOT had mowed the grass. I don’t know when they got out and mowed the grass, but if it was after the accident on July 13 where the motorcyclist got T-boned by a vehicle crossing the road there, I would think the family of the motorcyclist has grounds for a big lawsuit.

Even if the mowing occurred before the fatality, that crossing is lethal if you cannot clearly see the northbound traffic. And it is a frequent and highly used crossing and the only suitable way to enter the Jim Jones range. Even with caution and a clear line-of-sight, turning left into the range is a high-skill driving maneuver.

Stephen Cantrill, Payson

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