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Neighbors concerned after crash on road involves speeding cars

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Posted at 9:01 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 23:27:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Neighbors on Hillhurst Drive north of East Nashville are used to cars flying by on the streets at twice the posted speed limit, but now their concerns have reached a new level,

"It's really frustrating and kind of scary," said neighbor Joy Hassler.

When NewsChannel 5 interviewed neighbors in October, they expressed their concern that someone may soon get hurt.

"I'd just hate to see someone get injured on this street due to speeding," said neighbor Wes McClurg in October.

But now the day they feared has come.

Metro Police report that over the weekend, a crash on Hillhurst drive injured two drivers so badly they couldn't speak with police -- they were sent to the hospital. Witnesses say they saw one of the vehicles involved in the crash traveling fast.

"I think more things like this are going to happen if we don't get something done," Hassler said.

The Hillhurst Drive area has been passed up several times for the city's Traffic Calming program, which would potentially put in speed bumps or other speed solutions.

While speeding is a huge problem here, program officials told them they didn't have enough traffic accidents to rank them high enough on the list to get picked.

"It's based upon deaths and based upon accidents, but the thing we're really missing is that this accident happened because of speeding," Hassler said.

The accident that injured two people is pushing this neighborhood to be even more persistent with the city for police enforcement and a longer term speeding solution.

"It's not an easy process just to be on the list to take a look at your neighborhood, so I would say be persistent," Hassler said.