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Northside intersection causing crashes?

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Residents say the intersection of  Leeper Street and Kentucky Avenue in Northside is to blame for accidents. Gordon Graham/FOX19 Residents say the intersection of Leeper Street and Kentucky Avenue in Northside is to blame for accidents. Gordon Graham/FOX19
Signs mark the intersection of Leeper Street and Kentucky Avenue in Northside. Gordon Graham/FOX19 Signs mark the intersection of Leeper Street and Kentucky Avenue in Northside. Gordon Graham/FOX19
NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) -

Out-of-control vehicles are crashing into parked cars and people's yards.

It's happened at least twice on Leeper Street near Kentucky Avenue in Northside.

On Thursday, FOX19 spoke with a resident there who says the dangerous intersection is to blame.

There are only about 20 houses on Leeper Street but some of the residents feel like their homes are easy targets for out of control motorists. 

Tracey Colvin-Stanton said the problem seems to be motorists ignoring the stop sign at a nearby intersection.

"He came around the corner from Kentucky to Leeper and my neighbor at the time was parked in her lot. Her car was there. He hit her car. He came through my yard. He hit my car," she said. "Of course, my car went over into the other property." 

That was four years ago and this past March, Colvin-Stanton says it happened again.

"They drove through my yard again (and) tore up my car," she said. "It's not the same car, back over to their property, did some damage over there and it was a hit and skip both times."

Colvin-Stanton's next door neighbor, Nicole Hardin, runs a day care and worries about the children's safety.

"There's always kids out here playing and I'm just more so concerned about somebody cutting this corner, losing control and slamming into one of these children out here," Hardin said. "That's my biggest concern." 

Colvin-Stanton expressed her concerns in a letter to City Hall and was contacted by Bryan Williams with the city's department of traffic and engineering.

"We're looking at different options and one of her requests was to convert the streets to one way so we're working with her to get that done but that requires the agreement of all the residents on the street as well," he said.

Colvin-Stanton says she has other suggestions such as a guardrail, more lighting or an additional stop sign.

Williams says the city has limited options to solve the Leeper Street safety issue because it's steep, it's narrow and it's lined with culverts. 

In addition to the safety hazard, Colvin-Stanton says the crashes have been a financial burden because in both cases the drivers fled the scene so she's had to pay for two new cars and two new fences.

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