As a community, we should be very proud that dozens of young people have set their alarm clocks early, not just once but every school day since the accident, gathering before school to pray together for Duncan’s recovery.
That alone is inspiring and instructional. But the students have also searched for ways to make a difference for good. Their petition seeking a guard rail at the sharp curve on Willowood Road where the accident occurred has received near-unanimous support on the CHS campus.
We agree with the students that the curve needs better marking. Duncan’s accident is the latest of several at the spot. The area is growing and, with the high school nearby, the road will always be used by inexperienced drivers.
A guard rail is one possibility. Other options might include reflective signage or multiple warning signs - “slow down, dangerous curve ahead.” Speed was a factor in Duncan’s accident, but even at normal speeds, the curve is challenging for unsuspecting drivers, especially after dark.
Whatever action is taken, we commend the students for bringing this important matter to the community’s attention. They have put their civics lessons into practice. They feel passionately about what they are doing, but their approach has been respectful and positive. All of us could take a cue from that.
We hope the students’ prayers for Eric Duncan’s recovery are answered. And we urge leaders to give swift and serious attention to the road concerns they raise.