You Ask, We Investigate: cars crashing into backyards in Las Vegas neighborhood
Las Vegas, NV - A valley neighborhood is concerned about a dangerous roadway. Cars are speeding around a curve, and crashing into backyards. It's happened more than five times in the past five years, where Paradise and Maryland Parkway intersect.
A deadly wake-up call came on October 30th, when a drunk driver crashed into a backyard. While no one in the home was injured, the passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. And because it's not the first time something like this has happened, families who live nearby, say enough is enough.
The sound of screeching tires keeps the neighborhood awake at night. "I sit there and just cringe because I'm waiting for the impact, because I hear the screeching," describes Diane Spease. Cars have come crashing into her backyard not once, but three times. Luckily, no one in her family has been injured in the crashes. At least not yet.
"We don't ever know when we're going to be here for a crash," she says. "With the kitchen and bedroom on that side of the house, if a car comes through that wall, it could be really serious."
She and her neighbors wonder how many accidents have to happen, until something is done to make this stretch of road safer. They say tragedy shouldn't have to happen before a change is made.
"We talked to the officer who took the report, and he said that he was going to try and see if they could get some surveillance through here just to slow them down," she says. "But we haven't noticed any cameras."
"We need more Metro patrols," says Lance Cosbey, who lives a few houses down. He also had his backyard wall hit by a young driver who was speeding.
"The driver lost control of the car and took out 30 feet of my wall," he describes. "It ripped up my whole yard, and took out two windows and a door."
He's worried about his young children, and others in the neighborhood. "It's a big curve and it's only a 35 mph speed limit," he says. "There's people probably going about 60 or 70 miles an hour around here."
We contacted Metro Police and Clark County leaders, who say they're aware of the problem. They tell us they're looking for solutions, and have committed to working with us until those solutions are found. We'll keep you posted on any progress.