Father Seeks a Solution for Dangerous Intersection

JONESBORO, AR -- Three years ago, two 13-year-old boys were killed when their car was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.  Now, the father of one of those boys is speaking out.

Matthew Qualls and Devin Isbell were both killed.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highways 163 and 158 around 6:35 p.m. on March 3, 2004.  Three years later Matthew's dad Dan Qualls is still trying to get something done to prevent future accidents.

"People run through the stop sign, roll through the sign, and speed," said Dan Qualls.

Some of the ditches on either side of the intersection are filled with various pieces of different cars from accidents.  Eric Ladeau and his wife were involved in a bad accident just two months ago.

"A dodge ram blew the stop sign at about 50-55 miles and hour and t-boned us," said Ladeau.

Ladeau lost part of his kidney and is in need of another operation.

The Qualls family lives just up the road from where their sons' fatal accident happened and they drive through the intersection everyday.

"I'm not going to say they haven't made some effort because they have the gated stop signs and some warning signs farther back," said Qualls.

Joe Barnett with the Arkansas Highway and Traffic Department said rumble strips have not been recommended for the intersection because of a noise concern.

"After hearing a few crashes I feel like they would put up with hearing the rumble strips occasionally," said Qualls.

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