Accident victim sees only danger in new Vista developments

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VISTA, Calif. – Residents in Vista are raising concern over several new developments near Buena Creek Road.

“It’s just irresponsible,” said William Gray. “It’s going to be a huge impact, that road is ridiculous.”

Gray suffered the impact of Buena Creek Road in February when he was involved in a horrific accident that left him wheelchair bound.

Gray told Fox 5, the danger on the two lane county road will only increase as more homes are built in the area.

One of those developments being proposed in the valley right behind his home off Ora Avo Drive, where Vista developer Joe Jaoudi wants to build 55 homes.

“He’s been zoned for 4, now he’s trying to get 55,” said Gray.

William said it doesn’t stop there.

Just down the street, construction on the 47 home Quintessa project by Meritage has already begun.

Over the hill by Deer Springs Road, a new community named Newland Sierra promises 2,100 future homes.

“The infrastructure is just plain not here,” said Dee Folse, resident.

Folse, who also lives on Ora Avo near Buena Creek has been leading a protest against the developers.

“So our biggest fear is – well you can even feel the wind blowing right now, just imagine a fire and we had to get out,” said Folse.

He said, as it is escape routes are few and limited. Many roads in the area are small, narrow roads that are already congested.

“It’s hard enough to get to a convenient store mid day let alone if there’s an emergency,” said Folse. “There’s only one way in and one way out of all these areas, there’s no way to evacuate.”

Fox 5 contacted developer Jaoudi, but we did not hear back.

On the website for Newland Sierra, Newland Communities addresses traffic concerns regarding Deer Springs Road and the I-15.

Calls to the county of San Diego were also not returned.

“There’ s a lot of questions in my mind on this project,” said Bob Wocjik, Civil Engineer.

Wocjik also lives in the Buena Creek area, he said as a Civil Engineer, he never would have approved the developments.

“If the review came into me, I would say they have redo the traffic, they have to redo the storm water, not to mention environmental impact,” said Wocjik.

“They need to see the physical impact the human impact,” said Gray.

The impact on William was life changing. Gray lost his left leg from the accident on Buena Creek Road. On the day of the accident; Gray said traffic was so congested, paramedics could not reach him.

Ned Vander Pol of the Vista Fire Department stated on February 10, the accident happened at 2:05, paramedics were on scene at 2:09 and an ambulance arrived at 2:17.

Gray was taken to an awaiting helicopter to receive additional treatment and rapid transport to the trauma center.

“I’m blessed with the fact that I’m still alive, but it could have been a lot worse. It will be worse.”

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