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Car crashes into yard of Jacksonville home for second time in 13 months

10:02 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the second time in 13 months, a Jacksonville family has had a car crash into their yard. The first accident took out the front part of their home and this second accident could have done the same had a parked car not slowed the impact.

"To not feel safe in your own home is a horrible feeling," said Teresa Fleck, who lives in the home.

Fleck watches as every car passes her home and the 20-mile per hour sign posted in front of it.

Her husband Mike Thomas traffic blames cut through for their second near-death experience in which a beige Oldsmobile crashed into their yard Tuesday afternoon.

"We sit right there in them chairs in the afternoons. If I had been sitting there, I'd be dead," Thomas said.

Thomas' blue car, parked in the front of the yard with a for sale sign, sits crushed from the impact of the accident, with broken glass and dirt grooves outlining the second car's path.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the traffic accident has been cited as careless driving with no drugs or alcohol involved.

Fleck, along with a number of her neighbors, are now pleading for help.

However, city of Jacksonville officials tell First Coast News speed humps were planned for Gemini Drive, the street Fleck lives on, but several neighbors withdrew their support for the project, including Robert Martin.

"From what I understand, the speed humps are going to slow emergency vehicles down and fire trucks and emergency response," said Martin.

The speed humps are now located around the corner on Duskin Drive.

But after this second accident, Fleck thinks speed humps are only a band-aid to the problem. She now wants the city to close the 8400 block of Gemini Road to traffic and turn it into a cul de sac.

First Coast News is waiting to hear from the city to see if that is an option.



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