ESTERO, Fla. - An Estero teen died in a fatal accident Thursday afternoon. Now neighbors say enough is enough, and it's time for a dangerous stretch of road to be fixed once and for all.
18 year-old Danton Allen Gunter was driving down Corkscrew road Thursday afternoon according to FHP, when he suddenly lost control traveling around a curve, driving right into the path of a truck.
"As I'm going around the bend I see this horrible accident," Theresa Tolu, who lives in nearby Bella Terra said. "The whole top half of the car was off. It looked like what a car would look like if it drove under an 18 wheeler."
The collision happened between the entrances of the Bella Terra and Grandezza developments.
The accident shut down traffic in both directions.
Gunter was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ironically, Bella Terra neighbors had just met the night before to voice their concerns about Corkscrew Road, and their ideas to prevent accidents like this one.
They say it's dangerous enough to drive during the day, but at night, with no lights, it's a gamble.
"We feel a two-lane highway here is just not safe," Bella Terra resident Ronaldo Tolu said. "You can look at all the accidents and I can count maybe 10 fatalities in the past four and a half years I've lived here, and unfortunately, another one today."
Neighbors are looking for support from the county to not only widen the road, but to install lights and reduce the speed limit from 50 mph to 45 mph. Ronaldo Tolu said the focus should not be on money, but saving lives.
"Everyday you're worried if there's going to be an accident that is going to be you and your family members," Ronaldo Tolu said.
"It's a death trap. The road is a death trap," Theresa Tolu said.