Fatal accident on Mike Padgett Highway

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:25 PM
Last updated Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:13 AM
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An Aiken man was killed in a wreck Tuesday afternoon on Mike Padgett Highway involving a tractor-trailer and SUV.

Glenn Richard Cliett, 32, was killed on impact, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Bernard Middleton, of Florida, was charged with failing to yield. Middleton was driving an International tractor-trailer when he made a left turn southbound onto Mike Padgett Highway off Doug Barnard Parkway, according to authorities. The truck struck a 1999 red Chevrolet Blazer that Cliett was driving.

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David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/17/12 - 08:20 pm
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A sad traffic collision leads

A sad traffic collision leads to a senseless fatality. If described correctly, this is the left turn next to the paper mill on Mike Padgett. I've had to drive that area MANY times over the past several years as a truck driver and a driver of a normal automobile. That intersection is just a stop sign.

I am so sorry to say this, but this is exactly the kind of tragic event that I am talking about wanting to prevent. This one happened to be the truck driver's fault, whereas many are actually the smaller vehicles fault.

Either way there needs to be some controls in that area for traffic, more than there are now. There needs to be better enforcement of existing traffic speed laws there. Not just a month or two and let it slide. It has to be done year round until the drivers that frequent that road realize they need to be aware of what they are doing by speeding to and home from work. We have all seen and witnessed high speed passing in an area where it is not only not legal to do so but not safe at all. People are hurrying to work.

A traffic light at that intersection may not be the only idea and it might not even be the best idea, but it is certainly an issue for all of us that live in that area.

David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/17/12 - 11:50 pm
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I'm told the truck driver may

I'm told the truck driver may have ran the stop sign while turning left. He is in jail tonight pending vehicular homicide and other charges.

My prayers and condolences go out to the victim's family.

tinacundiff42580
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tinacundiff42580 04/18/12 - 01:11 am
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David Hopper, what you say is

David Hopper, what you say is so true. MIKE PADGETT HIGHWAY is such a dangerous road, especially for all us residents that lives near or on this road that has to use it daily. I live off Phinizy Road in Butler Creek Mobile Home Community. I use Mike Padgett Hwy every day when I travel. Turning left onto Mike Padgett from Phinizy Rd. is a VERY DANGEROUS Intersection. You have the Speeding Tractor-Trailers and automobiles coming from Procter & Gamble way going at the least 50 mph. (the posted speed limit) or more. Coming from the right side (from Hephzibah way) Cars and 18-Wheelers at speeds ranging from 50-65 mph. (or more) Speeding Down that big hill. Then sits at the bottom of the hill, a traffic light at Phinizy Rd. Intersection. Even when I get the Green Light to turn onto Mike Padgett; I WILL NOT GO! I sit there with a GREEN LIGHT for at least 30 seconds or more to make sure that the traffic on Mike Padgett Comes to a FULL COMPLETE STOP at the red light, Knowing it Should Be Safe to turn onto Mike Padgett. On A Weekly Average: My daughters and I, have at least Three EXTREMELY close calls of getting hit at that intersection. GET THIS; Back in January of this year, Someone ran the red-light coming down the hill (on Mike Padgett Hwy) and I got hit on my bumper and spun outta control. We were very Blessed that God had his hand on us and that my car barley was hit (like a little tap or push) and that i was able to get control quickly of my car before hitting the on-coming traffic. I Immediately Pulled over into Procter and Gamble parking spaces to collect myself. Not one person stopped and asked if we were okay. I Don't even have a clue of the description of who hit me, because they kept on going, while my daughters and I screamed in terror with our eyes closed spinning out of control. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH MIKE PADGETT HIGHWAY! HASN'T THERE BEEN ENOUGH FATALITIES YET? HASN'T THERE BEEN ENOUGH LIVES LOST ON THIS ROAD YET FOR RICHMOND COUNTY TO GET OFF THERE CHAIRS AND COME UP WITH A PLAN AND ACTUALLY START CONSTRUCTION? (And Hopefully Richmond County CAN & WILL Complete this construction- UNLIKE they did with the On-Going construction of the intersection of Doug Barnard Pkwy and Dan Bowels Rd. that is going on it's 3RD [Yes, I said Third] YEAR of uncompleted construction) HOW MANY LIVES WILL IT COST TO GET SOMETHING DONE ON MIKE PADGETT HWY FOR OUR SAFETY? I bet if the Richmond County Officials Were MADE to Travel this road with their children and family, no matter what the cost, and had No other Options - Their Mind-set would defiantly change and quickly too! Lower the speed, put in those Hiney-Tickler grove bump things on the road warning drivers of upcoming lights, reduced speeds or intersecting roads or driveways. And Take those 18-Wheelers off that road named Mike Padgett Highway. Detour the Tractor Trailers onto a road with no big hill intersections like Doug Barnard Pkwy or Tobacco Rd. Exiting Them onto Deans Bridge Rd or Gordon Hwy giving them access onto Bobby Jones Expressway(520) and onto I-20. IT DOESN'T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTISTS OR A GENIUS TO COME UP WITH IDEALS - ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE COMMON SINCE AND A SINCERE, CARING HEART.... "We Have at least one Richmond County Official that has a Heart and a little common since, Right? Or am I in the Wrong City?"

Billyds999
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Billyds999 04/18/12 - 05:15 am
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Sorry, but there is nothing

Sorry, but there is nothing unsafe about the road. It's the drivers. When RCSO and GSP makes a long-term presence out here and start giving out speeding tickets daily, for more than a week or so after a wreck, then it's name will change from "the most dangerous road".

And another thing,... The State's plan to put in the raised medium will cause more wrecks - when we have to start doing u-turns to get to our destination.

@Tina, we cant get the trucks off of the road, but we can slow them (and the cars) down to a safe speed.

elizaw
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elizaw 04/18/12 - 07:03 am
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I agree with all of you. What

I agree with all of you. What do we need to do to make that road from the paper mill to Bobby Jones much safer? What needs to happen to make the speed limit lesser and to get more traffic lights in that particular area before there is another death? We do need more police officers to patrol that traffic area.

mommyrab3
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mommyrab3 04/18/12 - 07:25 am
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I have lived in this area for

I have lived in this area for well over 20 years and I have watched as improvements have been made to the stretch of highway from Tobacco Road going south. Unfortunately, the areas that need the most attention are ALWAYS overlooked when considering safety measures on this highway. The particular intersection where this happened has a caution light for the right-of-way traffic and a stop sign for vehicles entering from the side road. A traffic light would be better since, since this intersection deals with tractor-trailers 99.9% of the time. Brown at 56, the intersection of the accident, the Castle Pines subdivision entrance area and the section of highway at 4-H Club Road are the most dangerous areas, all of these areas need traffic signals or some other safety lane to prevent injuries or deaths. An accident years back provoked a change at Goshen Industrial Blvd and that change has been great. This highway is treated like the Daytona 500 by most drivers. The speed limit is not enforced. I hardly ever see the presence of officers monitoring traffic on that stretch. Maybe the officers should stop pursuing kids riding slow golf carts in neighborhoods and monitor traffic out on Highway 56.

My prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Cliett. This is such a sad situation that was absolutely preventable.

inthearea
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inthearea 04/18/12 - 08:05 am
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Something has to be done.

Something has to be done. This time is was my nephew in the Blazer. Maybe the Richmond County Officials that are suppose to be working on making Hwy 56 a safer hwy would like to go meet Glenn Clietts family right now as they are trying to prepare themselves and ride with them as they go look at the body and make the final arrangements. My next step will be to make some phone calls to Richmond County. I highly encourage everyone else to call also. Bubba Cliet you will be truly missed. I love you.

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