New road improvements on Brownsboro after Air Force Captain died in motorcycle crash


by Gene Kang

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 9:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Neighbors say a stretch of Brownsboro Road in the East End is notorious for crashes whenever it rains. An Air Force Captain died in a motorcycle crash over the holiday weekend. People who have lived in the area for decades want new safety measures in place to help save lives.

"It's horrendous, you slip and slide," said one neighbor.

"There are just so many of them we often don't know what the outcome is," said David Rodger.

"It is still under investigation, we did have a motorcycle accident that looks like the causation will be a slippery roadway through there," said Lt. Joe Seelye, with the Louisville Metro Police Traffic Unit.

Will Davis, 28, died in a motorcycle crash after hitting a car on Brownsboro Road near Springcrest Drive Sunday night. Officers say it was raining and he wore a helmet.

The U.S. Air force Captain was back home in Louisville for just 24 hours before he went to visit a friend. His mother, Helen, says over the phone that he just served two years in Saudi Arabia and Spain.

Though he was an alum of Miami University in Ohio on an ROTC scholarship, he was always a big UofL fan.  He was a 2002 graduate of Ballard High School, not far from where he died.

Having accomplished his childhood dream of being in the Air Force, he even learned how to play polo overseas.

David Rodger has lived in the area for 14 years and witnessed dozens of crashes. He says something needs to be done to prevent anymore tragedies.

"People are going too fast, it's a sloppy street and it's blind curves. It's a terrible combination," said Rodger.

LMPD says there have been 47 crashes in the past three years. That includes eight injuries and this fatal accidental. Officers say rain causes oils to rise to the surface. Add to that sap from trees in the densely wooded area. A slick combination.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says there was no high friction pavement where the accident happened. Friction pavement is a dark gray color compared to regular pavement which is lighter gray.

Traction grips and more abrasive surfaces were created for better tire control east of Springcrest Drive in 2009.

After Davis died, officers agree with neighbors that more safety measures need to be made to the state highway administration to help save lives.

"Additionally we'll look at slippery when wet signage and anything to warn motorists of a challenging situation up ahead," said Lt. Seelye.

Davis leaves behind a girlfriend, older brother, parents and extended family.

His funeral is Friday at Highland Funeral Home and he will be buried at Cave Hill.

The accident is still under investigation to see if speed was a factor.