Folks in the Spring Lane at Valley Hi neighborhood are resting more comfortably in their homes. Here’s a look at the neighborhood entrance back in December when we first visited:
Peace came to Spring Lane after city crews finished installing 200 feet of guardrail along South Chelton Road.
Here’s a look at the situation in December:
Here’s how is looked in June after city crews removed “Nature’s guardrail” and installed the real thing:
Now folks in Rockrimmon are asking for help.
Over the years, a house on Dillon Circle has been the target of cars and trucks that can’t seem to recognize that Vindicator Road ends at Rockrimmon Boulevard and they must turn.
Instead, knuckleheads have crashed, over and over, through the backyard of the house, now owned by Donald and Colleen Kunecke. Here is a look at the area from www.FlashEarth.com:
Over the years, the owners of the house installed large boulders to protect themselves from maniacs on the other side of their fence. But the wrecks keep piling up along with the shattered privacy fences.
The most recent was June 3, 2009, when an SUV smashed two cars sitting at a red light, roared through the intersection, jumped the curb and destroyed a large section of fence.
Below is a look at the intersection, with the school crosswalk sign, facing east into the Kuneckes’ backyard.
Through the hole in the fence a barrier rock is visible.
Police identified the driver as Felicia Benjamin, 28. She was cited for driving without insurance, careless driving and driving a defective vehicle. She told police her brakes failed.
According to online court records, Benjamin has a long history of traffic including driving without registration, with expired plates, under suspension, for making illegal turns, and speeding. Some charges were plea-bargained and others dismissed, the records show.
Benjamin could not be located for comment.
Here’s a look at her SUV after the wreck.
Dave Krauth, principal traffic engineer for Colorado Springs, promised to investigate the intersection and its history of fence-destroying wrecks.