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Wildwood mayor reluctant to weigh in on crash at U.S. 301 and CR472

Wildwood Mayor Ed Wolf
Wildwood Mayor Ed Wolf

Wildwood Mayor Ed Wolf said that he had no comment about whether traffic signal lights would have prevented a crash Thursday morning on U.S. 301 at County Road 472 near the Kangaroo convenience store.

Wolf said he didn’t know enough about the specific circumstances of that accident to comment, but the mayor for several years has favored installing traffic lights at that intersection.

Cody Williams, 21, suffered a broken leg in the 11 a.m. accident when his southbound motorcycle was cut off by a northbound car trying to make a left turn. He was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center and the crash remains under investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

An accident involving a motorcycle occurred Thursday morning at U.S. 301 and County Road 472.
An accident involving a motorcycle occurred Thursday morning at U.S. 301 and County Road 472.

Although Wildwood officials long have advocated for traffic lights, the Florida Department of Transportation announced last year that instead it will install a roundabout there within six years. Until the roundabout is built, they have put up barriers to block left turns at the intersection.

“I don’t think it’s any safer the way they’ve got it set up now,” Wolf said, adding that drivers use the road shoulder or make U-turns to get around the left-turn prohibition.

The FDOT said the roundabout will be safer than traffic signals, which could be installed sooner.

But Wolf said traffic signals work safely, if all drivers follow the rules.

“It’s like a football game,” he said. “If everybody does what they should, it should be a touchdown every time.”

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