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Waterloo man dies on road he’s been trying to make safer

A Waterloo man died Sunday on the same road he’s been trying to make safer.

Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 9:56 AM
Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 7:49 PM

A Waterloo man died Sunday on the same road he’s been trying to make safer.

John Parrish, 83, was killed in a head-on crash on Paradise Drive in Waterloo on Sunday. Waterloo Volunteer Fre officials say a truck with five people, mostly Waterloo High School students, in it hit Parrish and his wife about noon.

Investigators say four people went to the hospital, including Parrish's wife. Three people have been released.

Hank Thomas was friends with Parrish, also known as Doc, and said he had been working for more than a decade to make Paradise Drive safer.

“He was one of my best friends here on the road,” Thomas said.

Thomas said Parrish and his wife recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

“He and I worked together on trying to get the road in better condition since 2006,” Thomas said.

"Last Monday we wrote a letter to the county commission asking them to readdress issues on the road because they haven't done anything since 2006. We just want them to go down the road and see the different things that are blind hills.”

Thomas said he would like to see mirrors set up so people can see who is coming around a curve.

“We don't want it paved. We just want the blind spots taken away,” he said. “It's not fair to either party that was involved in this accident.”

Thomas said he plans to address the Lauderdale County Commission at its next meeting.

Commissioners said Monday they do a lot of maintenance on Paradise Drive and they want to hear from people on how they think the road could be made safer.

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