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I have two comments on the Feb. 27 article about the latest car crash on Sly Park road.
First, as a resident who has driven on Sly Park Rd for over 12 years, Ms. Ruth’s concerns over speed limits are well founded and not just based on her unfortunate experience. The bottom line is that there were two serious accidents that day, one fatal. The two-lane road is twisty, poorly banked on turns, has no shoulder or adequate, safe room for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and is well traveled by deer and other four-legged critters. It is a key route for logging trucks, school busses and tourists taking the scenic Mormon Emigrant Trail to Tahoe and those with RVs and boat trailers to Jenkinson’s Lake. Also, many streets and driveways accessing the road are steeply graded and don’t provide clear views of cross traffic. Posting lower speed limits seems to be the only reasonable way to inform all types of drivers of these hazardous conditions.
Second, I work with Ms. Ruth facilitating the El Dorado County-Placerville Parkinson’s Disease Support group. While we will miss her energetic participation in our next few meetings, the group will still meet as scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Senior Center, 937 Spring St. Our next meeting is March 5.
The group’s purposes are to have those with PD and their caregivers share personal experiences and coping strategies in a supportive environment and to gain knowledge from experts. At these meetings we also enjoy the refreshments that are provided and the good company . Everyone is welcome.
THOMAS J. SCHULZ