Beautiful boulevard masks dangerous curves, Jacksonville neighbors say

Father, son killed in crash near one of Trout River Boulevard’s winding curves

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Trout River Boulevard is a beautiful, scenic road, but its winding curves have caused anxiety and fear for some drivers.

In late October, the road took the lives of 26-year-old Armani Channelle and his 2-year-old son, Cameron. Police said their car crashed Oct. 27 near Cole Harbor Lane.

It is still unclear what led up to the deadly crash, but police said 911 was called around 8:30 a.m. Police found the car against a tree near Cole Harbor Lane. They believe the crash happened overnight.

News4Jax reached out on social media to drivers who frequently pass through the area. Many of them describe what they consider treacherous turns.

Here are just a few of the comments:

  • “My grandfather lived off Trout Blvd and his house was ran into three separate times, and also had his door ran into while broke down on the side of the road getting out of the car.”
  • “It can be dangerous at night. Poor lighting in spots.”
  • “Yes, very. The winding road and the people speeding. The curves are dangerous though.”

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 41 crashes have been reported on the two-mile stretch of road since January 2018. And a majority of the crashes happen on those curves that drivers fear:

  • Six near Sibbald Road
  • Nine near Ribault Avenue
  • Eight near Cole Harbor Lane -- where Channelle and his son lost their lives.

Neighbors say the road is particularly tricky to drive at night because it is narrow and often dark in stretches.

If you are on Trout River Boulevard, road police ask that you slow down, and if it’s raining, use extra caution, especially along the road’s many curves.

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