Problem solvers help neighbors get answers about speed issues

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – A group of concerned residents have turned to FOX31 Problem Solvers for help after an accident that highlighted a lingering speed problem in their neighborhood. FOX31’s Deborah Takahara was able to reach Adams County officials who are now investigating the matter.

At 2 a.m. on Monday, a suspected drunk driver in a Chevrolet Tahoe crashed into a parked car, hit landscaping logs, flew off, then crashed into a house on the corner of the street. 80th Avenue and Patricia Drive.

Marian and Gregory Ashmore called the incident “traumatic” and called the FOX31 Problem Solvers.

“Our dog was hit, someone hit and killed his cat. People ride like this every day. They’re not slowing down, ”said Gregory Ashmore.

“Now that he’s hit a house, what’s it going to take?” A kid getting hit before he does anything? Marian Ashmore said.

They have tried in the past to get a petition for speed bumps. They say it didn’t go anywhere.

After seeing FOX31’s coverage of the latest crash, Takahara overheard Christa Bruning, Adams County communications director. She wrote: “We take the safety of our residents and our neighborhoods very seriously. The public works team will mobilize a traffic study, including a speed analysis, on this specific roadway. Public Works has no record of previous requests for speed bumps or other traffic calming options in this area. Public Works will complete a site review and the team will recommend traffic calming measures in accordance with the accident history and the results of the traffic survey.

The Ashmores were relieved to learn that their message had been heard. “I’m happy. I’m glad it happened somewhere and something was done. Even today our car almost got hit again,” said Marian.

In the meantime, the inhabitants of the affected house are struggling to get answers from the driver.

Tyler Brummit said it was one thing after another since the accident. “In situations like this, unfortunately, it’s just that you wait, wait and see where the next piece falls… literally. We are completely lost in every sense of the word. It is extremely frustrating to learn that this drunk guy was not even in his personal vehicle. He was driving a dealership vehicle in transit. How did he get this? Someone has to be responsible for this, ”said Brummit.

“The saddest thing about it, aside from the material possessions we have lost, is our peace of mind. Your house is a sanctuary, and this man took it from us. Now, whether I continue to live in this house or another, I cannot even feel safe in my own room. Now I’ll be afraid that a car will go through a wall. I’ll never get this back. If I do, it will take years, ”continued Brummit.

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