POSTED: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 4:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 1:08pm
EL PASO - Most of us hate to see cars speeding down residential streets, especially with kids playing nearby. But on one eastside residential street, speeding recently became a deadly concern.
Now neighbors are banding together to see some change. A few weeks ago, a man was sent to the hospital after getting hit by a car that neighbors say was going about 60 miles an hour. The man's wife tells me she'll go to any lengths to prevent this from happening again.
"I saw a lot of people out, walking, running, walking their dogs, the neighborhood just welcomed me," said Cecy Hijar. But a few months after moving here with her family, she came across a bump in the road.
"The cars were just excessively speeding," she said. "My kids were out on bikes and one of them was almost hit by one."
Luckily, a tragedy was avoided, but they wouldn't stay so lucky for long.
About a month ago, Hijar's husband came home from work.
"As he proceeded to get out of his car, this speeder just took him, just ran over him," Hijar said.
Her husband flew 50 feet and was rushed to the hospital. Not wanting this to happen to anyone else, Hijar says she called the city for help in changing the speed limit or putting speed bumps on her street.
"I've attempted some calls and stuff and I haven't gotten anything back, any response back," Hijar said.
We called the city, and they have a complaint on record, but not from Hijar. To move forward, the city tells us she will need to sign a petition with the help of other neighbors. And it looks like Hijar has their support.
"Not feeling safe right outside your house, especially when there's a neighborhood full of kids," said neighbor Rachel Gaddam. She would like to see speed bumps, as well as speed limit signs.
"For them it's like, you don't see a sign so you use your own judgment, and I should say it's a poor judgment," said Gaddam.
Hijar hopes something will be done before anyone else gets hurt.
"We don't have that security feeling anymore, it's just not there," Hijar said.
The city's traffic enforcement division says once they have that petition, they will look at what measures can be done. We also asked why the speed limit wasn't posted along that street. They say it's not unusual, and that the speed limit is always 30 miles an hour unless otherwise posted.