Family concerns about signage after bodies found

Posted at 9:31 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 22:43:22-05

Family members and neighbors are concerned about the safety of a roadway in Lehigh Acres after a couple's bodies were found inside their car in a nearby canal.

Abel Canal is located right off 3rd Street and North Avenue in Lehigh Acres.

At the end of North Avenue is a cul-de-sac with a yellow sign to keep people from driving into the canal, but neighbors and loved ones think that may be what happened before the couple's bodies were found.

Commissioner Frank Mann said he wants a thorough investigation done, and said the Department of Transportation is already reviewing the area.

Fox 4 took video of the area at night, which shows headlights coming toward you, street lights in the distance, and a few mailboxes, but it's difficult to see a canal in the distance.

We showed the video to Commissioner Mann, and he agreed.

"I can't really make out where the canal is. Is the canal behind that yellow sign? How are cars coming from that side?" he asked.

Mann said he needed to see the area in person to tell what changes, if any, need to be made, and Fox 4 went along with him.

Mann suggested to a neighbor maybe two yellow signs instead of one, and maybe an additional sign closer to the cul-de-sac.

Mann said he'll do what he can to prevent tragedies like the one that took the lives of Marie and Chester Oszust never happens again.

"No one knows yet for sure what happened here, but if signage improvement can make a difference, then I'm going to insist that be done," he said.

Meanwhile, family members of the couple are still shaken.

"They're devastated. It's beyond devastation. It really, truly, there's no words," Alisandro Rivera, the couple's son-in-law, said. "It's unbelievable what happened. It's surreal. And to see them go in such a tragic way, it surely is sad."

Other roads leading up to the canal in the area have one or two red 'end-of-road' markers to indicate they dead-end before the canal.

A Lee County spokesperson said this road has one yellow sign because it is a cul-de-sac just before the canal.

She also said there is no record of any other crash here in the last ten years.

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