Residents Call for Stop Signs After Cars Crash Through Brick Walls

Residents say speeding is main factor in crashes

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    Residents along Timberland Boulevard in North Fort Worth are raising concerns about speeding drivers after two cars crashed through the neighborhood's brick walls in the last five days. (Published Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012)

    Residents of a north Fort Worth neighborhood are raising concerns about speeding drivers after two cars crashed through brick walls within five days.

    The crashes happened in the 11700 block of Timberland Boulevard at Stable Door Lane.

    On Wednesday morning, a single car unable to maneuver a left turn plowed through a brick wall, a wood fence and ended up resting against a home.

    A crash on Saturday involved three vehicles and sent two people to the hospital.

    The owner of property damaged in Wednesday's crash said he suspects speed and a busy intersection are to blame.

    'I couldn't believe what I saw," Mike King said. "I just could not believe what I saw. All I could picture was myself and my three kids in the backyard like we usually are."

    He wasn't home when the sedan came smashing through his backyard wall.

    "There's bricks that hit the gutters on the roof, there's some pieces of brick on the roof," he said. "I just can't imagine what it sounded like and looked like."

    While the teenage driver, who walked away injury free, denied that he was speeding, the force of the crash sent bricks through King's back windows. The car was dented and cracked his neighbor's house, narrowly missing a gas line.

    In an odd twist, King knows the driver -- a former student.

    "I told him if he didn't like my biology class that much, he should have told me," King said. "He didn't have to run through my fence."

    Saturday's crash involved at least three vehicles. King said a woman trying to enter Timberland Boulevard didn't see a speeding truck. The crash sent her sedan through another backyard brick wall.

    "Ever since we moved in, it felt like a racetrack to (Interstate) 35 and a racetrack away from 35," King said. "And when we moved in, I told my wife, 'I didn't think it would be a problem, a big brick wall and everything else.' But, apparently, I was wrong."

    And now, King and his neighbors say they want something done.

    "We're hoping we can get something to slow down the traffic," King said. "The sidewalks are used by moms and dads walking their kids all the time as well. I can only imagine what could have happened."

    Alonzo Linan, assistant director of transportation and public works, told NBC 5 the city would look at crash data from the area to see if anything needs to be done to prevent further incidents.

    He said his staff has not yet received the data, which will take several weeks to review, as well as any obstructions at the intersection and other factors.

    After reviewing the accidents and talking to residents, the city will decide what, if anything, to do.