SW Albuquerque neighborhood plagued by car crashes

Posted at: 01/23/2014 10:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You think that you're safe in your own backyard, but around midnight on Thursday a car came barreling through a wall leaving behind debris such as broken lights and a fender.

It’s a 90-degree turn that the residents call “death-curve”.

Thursday morning's crash is one of many. In less than two years this homeowner has seen 10 different vehicles charge through his fence at all times of the day and night and  he says many drivers were sober.

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

People living behind 114th St. have changed their lifestyle. No backyard barbecues, no playtime with the children, and no sleep.

“They usually hit this guy (Abrian Grine) first, but the last time they hit all three houses here,” said neighbor MaryAnn Aragon “Every time when I go to bed I wonder if this is going to be the night. I just tell my kids lawyer up!”

Last year the city put up reflective arrows, a street lamp even two different kinds of barriers, but the residents say it’s not enough.

“I think somebody needs to die before they do something, I know that sounds awful,” Aragon said.

A spokesman for The City of Albuquerque says they're looking into relocating the barriers.

“We're tired of living this way and waiting for the city to do something about it,” said Aragon.

City Councilor Ken Sanchez was contacted by KOB Eyewitness News 4. Sanchez says he is still invested in the area despite recent redistricting. Councilor Klarissa Pena is now representing that area.

“We continue to get the calls from the residents,” Councilor Sanchez said, “But when the traffic engineers are coming out apparently they are not doing enough to mitigate this problem.”

Councilman Sanchez suggested speed bumps, more barriers, lights--whatever it takes.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Aragon told Councilor Sanchez as he surveyed the area.

Sanchez says he will try to get the city to reevaluate the curve as early as Friday.