Deaths only on the grade? Look at the crosses and/or memorials along the road going east, starting at the Morongo Grade:
1. Two people killed by an alleged DUI, head on, wrong side of divider;
4. Toddler wandered onto roadway;
5. Two women killed, head-on collision;
6. Child killed by DUI;
7. Near Fox Trail, woman killed making U-turn;
8. Near Rawson, man killed, unknown reason;
9. Teenager pedestrians killed;
10. Man died from unknown reasons;
11. Vehicle pulled out in front of speeding motorcyclist, who was killed;
12. Two persons killed by DUI;
13. One man killed, head-on collision;
14. Near Fobes, elderly man dies, unknown reason;
15. Near Country Market, woman jumps or falls from motorcycle;
16. Pedestrian killed;
17. Near Bella Vista, two search-and-rescue personnel killed by head-on DUI;
18. Two male Marines killed, lost control;
19. Young man killed, unknown reason;
20. Near Little Morongo Road, man found dead in burning car;
21. West of Samel, two people die, head-on collision;
22. Samel Road, a vehicle pulls in front of motorcyclist, who is killed;
23. Young woman dies, head-on collision;
24. Near Hoopa, two people killed, hydroplaned;
25. Young man killed, hydroplaned;
26. Two bicyclists killed by DUI.
The center dividers will not prevent many of these accidents, as they can easily be run over, as witnessed during turn-arounds during the road closure on Aug. 25.
How long will it take to set and post a 55-mph speed limit? It didn’t take long to put up the aggravating center divider.
It is also important to notice that most of the fatalities are local people killed by others passing through.