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N4T Investigators: Deadly Stretch

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TUCSON - A Tucson man is working to keep a promise he made to his late wife ten years after losing her in a tragic accident.

Mike Humphrey said the Arizona Department of Transportation has the power to prevent another tragedy, but won't do it.

Ten years ago, on May 14th, Pam Humphrey and her sister-in-law were driving to Phoenix. 

"It was a cold day and they were both laying on the couch and he was like two days old. I remember it like it was yesterday."

Mike said Pam was a loving, honest and extremely generous person.

He said her helpful heart led to a road trip to Phoenix to move Mike's mother to Tucson.

Pam was driving on the I-10 and swerved off the road to avoid hitting debris.

She crossed over the median and collided with an 18-wheeler.

Pam's car was ripped in half and the two women tragically died at milepost 117.

"You know what, we have to do something. Because I don't want other people to have to go through what I and my son went through."

Mike said if a barrier was there, the women would still be alive.

Now, he is on a mission to have barriers installed along I-10, but he said ADOT won't do it. 

"Like the polio vaccine. You can do something that will immediately impact deaths and injuries. And the question is why won't you do it?"

Right now, there's a wide recovery area instead of a median barrier.

"They are much safer than putting a barrier which is considered a hazard and we will end up with more crashes if we put a barrier in. It's just common sense." 

In the past decade, nearly one million licensed drivers and registered vehicles have been added to Arizona's roadways. 

"962 fatalities state wide in terms of a trend. Those are extremely rare unpredictable locations that they happen at," according to ADOT.

That number reflects deaths on all roads in the state, not just those controlled by ADOT.

The crash happened ten years ago and the jury found ADOT at fault and awarded Mike and his family $47 million.

But, Mike says that's not solving the root of the problem. 

 "They need to open up and they need to talk to the families. And they need to take a good hard look at what's going on out there. And what the really fact is here. It's happening to other families too."

"NO MEDIAN BARRIER" signs are now along I-10 and throughout Arizona.

ADOT says it helps alert drivers. 

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