Car crashes plague southwest Albuquerque home

Posted at: 01/25/2013 6:16 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2013 6:22 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 

Nine vehicles have plowed into the wall in back of an Albuquerque man's home. And now, he's afraid to live there.

Abrian Grine lives near 114th St. and Central Ave.

Headlights, bumpers and car parts line Grine's backyard.

A truck missed the turn this week and landed in this backyard knocking down walls and ruining the landscape.

"I'm so frustrated and scared and now living in a house that I love, but in fear,” he said. “My kids - we couldn't sleep last night."

Grine worries that the tenth time a car crashes through his brick wall it may wind up in his living room.

"I don't even want to live here no more,” he said. “My wife wants to try to move, but we just purchased this house, what can I do to get out of this house, if not the city needs to do something now."

The city put up reflective arrows, concrete barriers and installed this street lamp, but Grine says it's not enough. He said he thinks the bigger problem is the traffic behind his house - 114th street is a strait shot until it hits 90 degree turn. And speeders compound the problem.

This was supposed to be a dream home for Grine and his family, but the 90 degree turn with little light at night and nothing to slow traffic down is creating a nightmare.

"I just hope that the city can put some big barrier wall, stop sign, speed bumps, some lights," Grine said.

KOB Eyewitness news 4 spoke with the city about what more they could do for the neighbors who live here.

"We could possibly look at putting a solar light on that sign,” Mark Motsko, with the city of Albuquerque, said. “You can only mitigate people who drive reckless so much that taxpayers are paying for."

The Albuquerque Police Department told KOB 4 they are working to get a traffic unit out to set up a speed sting to curb speeding.