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Speed threatens residents on dangerous roadway

SOUTH FAIRMOUNT, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- A stretch of road may be even more dangerous than people imagined.

A short stretch of Westwood Avenue in South Fairmount was the same area where two little boys were hit by a car as they were riding their bikes on the sidewalk.  Residents in the area told Local 12 they're living in fear.  Cars routinely blasted through above the speed limit while Local 12 was at the scene with a radar gun where the boys were hit.  A long four lane straightaway on a section of Westwood Avenue quickly chokes down to a three lane curve.  Even with wet pavement, it wasn't unusual to clock people doing 10 or 15 miles an hour over the speed limit.

The speed limit is supposed to be 25 miles an hour but even the speed limit signs are at risk.  Local 12 found one lying on the sidewalk, knocked over by an out of control car. 

Charlotte Thompson lives nearby and said, "They fly down in this curb lane right here, turn lane, 60 miles an hour.  All these lanes, they come down 60 miles an hour.  Makes me nervous, yeah.  I'm scared I'm gonna get ran over on the sidewalk."

People and pets take their lives in their hands over and over again when trying to cross the street.  The two little boys on their bikes were hit right in front of a house that had been in the cross hairs of out of control drivers before.  Julie Ferguson moved into the home just a few weeks ago.

She said, "My kids can't come out on this hill no more, play here.  We have to run basically to our car.  It's really dangerous right here."

A year ago the owner of the house, Drew Hauck, put concrete pillars in front of it to try and protect his property.

Hauck said, "I asked about a guard rail.  They said a guard rail they couldn't fit one in here.  The directional signs are totally gone now.  My railing gets hit frequently.  The house gets hit frequently.  The gas meter in the front of the house gets hit frequently."

While the owner of the house says he's talked with city engineers before in trying to do something to protect his property; it was possible the accident involving the two little boys may bring renewed interest in trying to do something about this place.

As for those two little boys, 11-year-old Cameren Gellenbeck is still recovering at home.  The other one, 9-year-old Jalontae White, needs some surgery and remains in Children's Hospital in serious but stable condition



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