Dangerous Imperial Beach intersection has community searching for answers

first_img“There’s no control. It’s just out of control,” said the neighbor. “Everybody is in such a rush. Nobody takes the time to obey the law anymore, it seems like.” It might not look like much on the outside, a brace and bruises, but the left side of her body is internally bruised, she can barely raise her left arm, and she just started walking again Monday. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Several people in Imperial Beach are concerned about the speeding at an intersection just down the street from a nearby school.On Aug. 16, a woman was hit by an SUV while riding her bicycle through the intersection at 7th and Donax. Some residents said drivers blow through the stop signs regularly. The community said they want answers.People love to ride their bikes around Imperial Beach. It’s like a rite of passage in the community, but Georgina Velez said she may never ride again. Posted: August 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter “Now I just constantly think about my child and what if,” said Velez. “What if she was the one that got hit, you know. It’s very nerve racking now and I’ve lived here my whole life.” “Was just kind of doing my thing, being diligent, looking both ways,” said Velez. “The Indianapolis 500,” said one of the neighbors, explaining what the street looks like during the morning commute. “I would say six out of the 10 cars are going way over the speed limit.” August 20, 2018 Dangerous Imperial Beach intersection has community searching for answers She explained that an SUV slammed into her, sending her body grinding against the asphalt. One man living in this neighborhood did not want his identity revealed for fear of retaliation, but he said he’s worried and thought it’s just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. “It was at that point in the intersection where I realized the man wasn’t going to look my way,” said Velaz. “At that point, I was already in the crosswalk. It was pretty much slow motion after that.” In other words, Georgina said she got lucky, but she also mentioned she sees cars speeding and blowing through stop signs on a daily basis and she’s not the only one. “My kid. She’s wondering where her mom is,” said Velaz. “I’m not there on time. There’s people everywhere. It was a lot.” Now the community is focused on coming together to make the roads safer for everyone.For Georgina, she said she also had something else on her mind. It was just like any other day. She hopped on her bike to pick up her 3rd grade daughter from the nearby elementary school around 2:30 in the afternoon. When she crossed the street at 7th and Donax, she said her life flashed before her eyes. “In good faith, I hoped that he would look my way and, unfortunately, people just don’t,” said Velez, “They’re very consumed in themselves and where they’re going and what they’re doing.” , This is a statement from a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson:“Deputies with the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation are always on the lookout for drivers who are speeding or breaking any other traffic laws.  We also rely on the public to let us know of any areas where they feel unsafe due to dangerous driving habits. We want to remind everyone to always be mindful of their surroundings.  If you’re driving a car or riding a bicycle, be sure to pay attention at all times. The Sheriff’s Department works closely with the City of Imperial Beach’s Public Works Department to identify trouble traffic areas and come up with solutions to keep the community safe.  To report any traffic violations or issues, call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or the City of Imperial Beach’s Public Safety Department at (619) 423-8223.”Residents in the neighborhood suggested a three-way stop sign or even speed bumps.last_img

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