NORTHERN HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Problems along Highway 290 are nothing new to people who live near the area where an off-duty police officer was killed on Wednesday after his car hydroplaned and skidded into oncoming traffic.
"People coming in and out of here, we always tell them, be extremely careful," said John Burkhardt, who lives off the busy highway.
Burkhardt has seen his share of wrecks near this intersection, including a quadruple fatality just last month. He says part of the problem is drivers speeding and blowing through red lights.
"My wife and I were pulling out one time, one of those semi type wreckers ran a red light running probably 60 mph," said Burkhardt. "If we'd have been about two seconds faster he'd probably killed me and my wife both."
Burkhardt has seen so many wrecks in the last nine years he's even starting documenting them by taking pictures.
Sadly, Wednesday's fatality was not a surprise to Ernest Banasau who's lived in the area for 20 years.
"What I see is distracted driving," he said of other drivers. "Basically...there's a lot of people now with the iPads and iPhones and so forth, they're texting still."
Other drivers blame the construction and impatient drivers, and in some cases bad weather. In the end, they say the stretch of highway needs more lights, added turning lanes and stiff traffic enforcement.
"I don't think the drivers are going to change," said Leonard Vaughan. "It's going to have something to do with how the traffic is controlled."
Locals say this fatal wreck won't be the last, but hope the spotlight will at least slow drivers down.
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