Five people are recovering from an accident in Shawneeland that happened when a when a teen driver ran a stop sign.
In Shawneeland, the stop signs aren't as tall as what you might be used to seeing out on the main roads. It was one of those signs that was run Sunday evening. A truck went through the intersection, was hit on its side and thrown into a yard.
Local residents like William Moore say they're not surprised that it happened. "...Typical young driver. What can you say? A young driver driving too fast...Had a kid in the back of the truck that shouldn't have been back there."
Moore lives just yards from the intersection where a 17-year-old boy ran a stop sign and was hit by 52-year-old Deborah Weimer from Winchester. One of the passengers in the pickup was thrown from the bed of the truck upon impact. Some think the accident may not have happened had the stop signs been a little higher.
Moore continued, "They could make the stop signs a little bit more visual. They're not as tall as regular stop signs."
According to Frederick County officials, since Shawneeland is a private community, road signs don't have to follow county standards.
Though the speed limits are low, some residents, like Holly Duperly, are still concerned.
"Sometimes a lot of people drive fast up and down the street. There's not a lot of traffic. Sometimes people go out of control," she shared.
Moore added, "It's a 25 miles an hour speed limit. It's not rocket science to know that if you're driving 40 miles an hour, it's too fast on these roads."
That's why they're keeping a close eye on the roads and the stop signs.
The 17-year-old driver who ran the stop sign was charged with with reckless driving and driving in violation of passenger restrictions.
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