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An open letter to the SCV Sheriff’s Station

Posted: June 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

On the rare occasion I see a sheriff’s car in the area and can access the deputy, I thank them for their service and for driving my street, West Del Monte Drive.

My approaches repeat the same points:

 The 35 mph speed limit is largely ignored by drivers of all ages, genders and types of vehicle;

 The area is conducive to walking with its paseos, but joggers, walkers, dog-walkers and good traffic in general is in danger from speeding motorists;

 Those drivers consistently ignore weather and sunlight conditions;

 They are frequently talking or texting on cells.

Monday offered yet another incident.

I had just returned from walking my dog and was in an upstairs room away from the street when a long tire screech resulted in a “bang” that jolted our home.

Within minutes we learned that at least five neighbors felt the same, plus two heard an engine acceleration that preceded the collision.

The young BMW driver crossed the sidewalk, wiped out a street sign and hit a tree. But for that tree, he would’ve been in at least two backyards.

The engine was totally displaced and car parts flew long distances. That young man experienced a miracle by surviving.

I was on the scene in seconds and was amazed to see the driver conscious and trying to text. That the cellphone was accessible considering the degree of the impact’s violence was startling.

A CHP officer appeared first and a sheriff’s deputy followed. To the best of my knowledge they didn’t speak to anyone about what was heard or may have been seen.

I tried to point out the traffic issues in the area and the approximate 80 feet of skid marks, but it fell on deaf ears.

This incident follows a solo crash wiping out a fire hydrant a few years ago, leaving the five teenage occupants huddling on the street corner giggling.

And prior to that was property damage by a hit-and-run driver.

Will it take speed bumps, stop signs, more patrols and some pricey tickets?

Let’s hope those in charge don’t wait until lives are lost.

 

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