Centennial Boulevard climbs north toward the exclusive Peregrine neighborhood past Mountain Shadows, Pinon Valley, Ute Valley Park, Oak Valley Ranch and includes sweeping curves and steep drop-offs in places.
See the missing section of fence in the photo? The house behind is owned by Jeff Pitus.
On Good Friday, his house was knocked off its foundation by an SUV that roared off Centennial Boulevard, smashed through his neighbor’s fence, became airborne and plowed into his deck and retaining wall.
Two unidentified Colorado Springs firefighters study an SUV that wrecked behind the home of Jeff Pitus on Rising Moon Drive in the Oak Valley Ranch neighborhood. His house backs up to Centennial Boulevard and this SUV is not the first motorist to leave the road.
Check out the rubble left behind after the SUV was winched out of the yard.
After the SUV was winched out of the yard, Jeff Pitus was left with the aftermath. The damage inside his home is much worse.
Not what you want to see from your bedroom window!
The SUV is winched up and out of Jeff Pitus' backyard and back onto Centennial Boulevard.
Jeff and his neighbor Bryan Bruce say this was not the first time a car smashed through a fence and landed in a yard.
They worry that someone will be killed by a maniacal driver. Their situation is especially dangerous because their houses sit so far below Centennial.
Before tragedy strikes, they want the city to install a guardrail or concrete barrier to deflect traffic back onto Centennial.
Both sides of Centennial have guardrails about 500 yards to the north.
Dave Krauth, city traffic engineer, said guardrail typically costs about $30 a foot and could be an option to protect the neighbors.
The remants of Jeff Pitus' fence along Centennial Boulevard after an SUV was winched out of his backyard. To the left, a new section of fence shows where the SUV left the road behind a neighbor's home. Farther down the road, another new section of fence indicates where another car crashed through about 18 months ago.
The path of a marauding SUV is visible from the smashed fence on the left, the damaged retaining wall and deck on the back of Jeff Pitus' home.