N. Spokane neighborhood frequently hit by cars

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 7:41 AM

SPOKANE, Wash — Neighbors in a North Spokane neighborhood are fed up with cars running into homes. A driver crashed into one of the houses Thursday on Maple and Joseph. It was not the first time that house was hit.

Neighbors said there have been several collisions like what happened on Thursday in recent years. The woman involved in the most recent incident said it is the third time a driver hit her home in the two years she has lived there.

The damage into that woman’s house was so bad that her child and her are staying somewhere else, according to neighbors.

"The gal down at the corner has really got hit,” said neighbor Everett Knox.

Knox has seen the cars in the woman’s home all three times and remembers when a car hit his own home years ago.

"Some girl came around the corner below us. Icy streets, and lost control,” said Knox.

Knox said it is an ongoing issue and said cars drive around the corner too fast.

Cars have hit at least eight other neighbors' homes in one decade.

"Down the street there is a vacant house a drunk diver hit three years ago... and the two houses across the street from me,” said Knox.

One neighbor even said she might move because the problem is so bad.

"I don't want them to smack into the house again, so I may get out of here next summer,” said neighbor Eileen Bailey.

Neighbors said more traffic signs could help. They are hoping drivers will slow down in the meantime.

“I don't know what needs to be done but something needs to be done,” said Bailey.

The neighbors said the crashes were caused by drunk drivers.

Spokane police said the crash on Thursday had no indication of alcohol as a factor. 

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