State Route 52 road work sparks sad memories for father of crash victim

Mark Foreman still glad dips are being filled

SAN DIEGO - The father of one of the two teenagers killed in a crash on state Route 52 is questioning a road improvement project.

For Mark Foreman, the road work that started Sunday night on SR-52 is both painful to watch and long overdue.

"So here we are over a year after Anthony's death and it's just now being repaired," he said.

Foreman's adopted son Anthony and his friend Jayli Campbell were killed when the car they were in lost control on April 4, 2012 and rolled several times before coming to rest under the Convoy Street overpass.

The visible rolling undulations along a mile and a half stretch of the freeway are now being filled in. Westbound SR-52 from Kearny Villa Road to Convoy Street will be closed for the next four nights at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning as Caltrans engineers work to eliminate dips in the concrete paving. The closures started Sunday night and will last through Thursday.

Caltrans told 10News the dips are caused by the freeway slowly sinking, as it was built on top of a landfill.

Foreman acknowledges that the 16-year-old driver was going more than 100 miles per hour when he lost control and that his son was not wearing his seatbelt but says if the road was level, his son might be alive.

"I do have a question in my mind: Why didn't they crash until that moment in time?" said Foreman. "The moment the car leaves the concrete area of the roadway onto the asphalt where the dips begin is when … the moment in time when the car did go out of control at such an extreme speed."

10News asked Caltrans about Anthony Foreman's death on SR-52.

Caltrans spokeswoman Cathryne Bruce-Johnson issued the following statement: "I cannot speak to the individual specifics of any particular incident, but no amount of education or engineering can make any freeway safe when traveling at an exceedingly high rate of speed."

Still, for Foreman, the work being done this week is bittersweet.

"Now here we are over a year later, and it's still emotional for me," he said.

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