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Speeding drivers create dangerous situation on Greenwood street

Posted: 1:16 AM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 01:16:45-04

GREENWOOD — Vanessa Canchola watched it happen.

"My son was playing basketball the other day. (The ball) went out into the road," Canchola said. "The car was going so fast, he couldn't stop. He ended up hitting the ball, and here's the tire mark."

Canchola is worried those tire marks could foreshadow something worse.

"My fear is if my kid went out after that ball, it would have been my kid, not the ball," she said.

The speed limit on Briarstone Drive is 25 mph, but Canchola said she sees cars drive 40 mph and higher.

"They rev their engines from down the road and speed out," she said.

This week, Canchola said a speeding driver did end a life — her family's cat. Oreo would have turned two next week.

"We're still dealing with that, too. My kids are devastated," she said. "The driver was speeding so fast he didn't even stop to see what he hit. He just kept going."

Canchola wants change in her neighborhood. She's asked about speed bumps, and anyone living in Greenwood can go to the city's website and use the Citizen Connect tool to ask the city's engineering department for a traffic impact analysis.

"We've asked for signs like, 'Watch! Kids are at play,' but we haven't gotten anything yet," Canchola said.

For speeding traffic, you can contact Greenwood police, which a city spokesman said will set up monitors to assess the issue and potentially add patrols. Canchola said she made that request, too.

The spokesman said the city has traffic studies ongoing throughout the Greenwood with a large focus on the downtown area. He said every request citizens make is read.

"I want everybody to be aware," she said. "Let's just slow down and do less than 25."

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