March 28, 2005
Guardrail finally up
Iím writing in regard to the cement guardrail that has finally been put into place on the Santa Susana Pass Road where a fatal accident occurred on Christmas Day.
While Iím happy to see action was finally taken, it saddens me that the death of a beautiful young woman, Candice Lopaty, only 18 years of age, had to precede it. My son lost his young girlfriend on that Christmas Day, but she also left behind a family that grieves daily for an accident that could have been avoided.
I had been told the family asked why the guardrail wasnít finished in that particular area (there was just enough space left for a car to careen through) and they were told there had not been enough fatalities to justify it.
Another accident occurred in that very spot two days after Candice died. A third accident last month must have sparked enough interest, hence the permanent guardrail.
While Iím not trying to place blame, I just wish the numerous accidents over the past 20 years in that spot would have been enough to take this action sooner. Thank you Candice, for allowing others to live.
ó Irene Decker, Simi Valley