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Accident

2009.05.15

If you have been following the exploits of my corner, you will know that we live in a quiet neighborhood with 24 hrs at LeMans going on in our back yard. Loblolly, which wraps around our property has a great 90* curve that folks just love to take at 50 mph, despite the 25 mph speed limit.

The first few years we lived here, I called the city state and local police regularly to complain. But, because it is a vague area, no one wants to take responsibility as the county line crosses through our property.

Nearly every time it rains, there is a spin out that results in torn up grass and the occasional dented fender, where the offending driver, speeds off, hoping they weren't seen. About half the time, they take out one of the sharp turn signs that line the curve. In fact, one of the volunteer firefighters that was on scene tonight commented that he has personally replaced signs on the curve several times as part of his day job.

But today, we had a serious accident. Maybe now, the neighborhood will get together and demand something be done.

I was in my shop, painting. With the radio on at a good volume, I could still hear the squealing tires and the first sheet metal ripping crash, followed by a solid thump when the Nissan hit the tree. As you can see, I walked out the back door of the shop and took pics before anyone had even gotten completely out of their vehicle.

Two people from the Cavalier went to the hospital with what turned out to be minor injuries and the lone driver of the Nissan was carted off in a squad car, for reasons that will become obvious as you look at the pics.

Neighbors came from as far away as 4 blocks, because they either heard the bangs or saw the power lines shaking from the impact with the pole.

Perhaps now, the local constabulary will see fit to install a speed control object of their own...


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