The driver of the Fusion was taken to Anderson Mercy Hospital with minor injuries.
State Route 222 was closed for several hours Sunday between Elklick and Mount Holly roads for several hours.
The crash remains under investigation.
Neighbors in the area of the crash say the road is dangerous and there’s not enough time for motorists to react. It’s a sharp curve that has a speed limit of 25 mph that’s coming off a 55 mph zone.
“Just last week I said to ODOT, ‘what is it going to take? A death?’ And it happened,” said Dave Owens, who lives in the area of the crash.
Cathy Berchtold said she was sitting on her back patio when she and her sister heard tires screeching. They called 911 to report the crash that killed Rodriguez and an infant and ran over to help before the ambulance arrived.
“My sister did CPR on the infant on the street, so I put a towel on the baby’s head. She was probably 4 or 5 months old,” she said.
Berchtold said she and her neighbors feel helpless.
“(There is) not enough notice of the dangerous curve ahead,” she said.
After Sunday’s fatal crash, Berchtold purchased yellow signs to put in front of her home, hoping it will slow drivers down.
ODOT was closed Monday in observance of the Juneteenth holiday and unable to comment on roadway dangers.
“Last thing that (ODOT) said was they’re looking into it, so hopefully they do,” Owens said.