One road in Elkhart County has become a source of worry for residents and now they are speaking out to put the brakes on speeding.
“They shouldn’t be flying down this road,” said Mark Woolett, who lives on the 2900 block of County Road 108. “It’s not right.”
Robert Wills lives just two houses down from from Woolett and recently injured his ankle after dodging a speeding car.
“I had four stitches on my arm, bad sprain and had to go the hospital,” Wills said.
The driver of the speeding car continued down the road at a high speed. Wills said the sound of a car zooming past his house has become too common.
“People need to slow down through here,” Wills said. “You've got little kids in this neighborhood. I don’t want the same thing to happen that happened last time.”
The last time – a family was left without their daughter.
Just one month ago, a twelve-year-old girl was hit by a red pick up truck on this same road as she was walking home from the playground.
“We felt very sorry about what happened and sad because we don’t want anybody else deal with that,” Wills said.
Signs telling drivers to slow down have been placed throughout the neighborhood since the accident. Residents say it is an appeal to drivers to keep tragedy from striking again.
A memorial still marks the place where a crash ended a child’s life too soon. But, it is the speeding cars that offer a constant reminder of the danger that looms so close.
“We understand on county roads the speed limit is usually 45 miles per hour,” Woolett said. “But, this area has grown, too many people live around here, too many kids. They need to slow down.”
The current speed limit on County Road 108 is 30 miles per hour. Residents said they would like to see more police presence to keep people from speeding down their block.
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department tells Newscenter 16 they have tried to step up patrols on this street after last month's accident. But, they cannot be present at all times due to patrol responsibilities in other areas.