A Newburgh neighbor is asking city leaders to do something after a car crashed into his home

Many neighbors who live along Jeanine Drive in the Newburg neighborhood are asking Metro city leaders to do more after a series of car crashes on their street. They say an accident once a week is like living on Jeanine Drive. It’s in Council Member Barbara Shanklin’s neighborhood, and even she said she’s been begging the city to do something about it. “We need to solve this problem,” said Lemuel Adams, who lives on Jeanine Drive. Adams pulled up to her home on the corner of Jeanine Drive Sunday morning to find a wrecked car in her driveway and wreckage strewn across the front yard. “It’s aggravating,” Adams said. “Aggravating and frustrating.” The only reason he and his wife aren’t home is because they’re staying at a motel. The reason is that their home is currently uninhabitable because a car crashed into it on Tuesday night. “I’m going to have to provide more security here,” Adams said. “I can’t let my grandchildren play in a place where they can get hurt.” Two crashes at the same intersection in less than a week, but for the neighborhood, it’s no coincidence. In fact, right across the street from the Adams family, the neighbor put rocks in her yard because of the number of cars that ended up on her lawn due to accidents. Council member Barbara Shanklin said now it’s reached a tipping point. ‘This year there were 20-30 people that were hit right here on this corner,” Shanklin said. “I asked the city ‘Can you put flashing lights or something that stop him?’ and so far I haven’t been able to. So I said, ‘Okay, let’s call the news media.'” Shanklin has already worked with the city’s public works department to add speed bumps on Glen Valley Road, but she said the real problem is Jeanine Drive Despite the 25 mph speed limit, she said cars fly through the area, also noting that some may be drag racing.”What does it take to wake up the city?” Shanklin said. “I’m trying my best to put flashing lights right here. If you can put flashing lights on Hurstbourne Lane, you can put them on Waterson Trail, then you can put them here where people are getting hit.” According to Shanklin , only at this intersection was there more than 10 accidents. WLKY reached out to LMPD to get official crash data, but we were told it’s only available during normal business hours. On Monday, Shanklin said he plans to go to the city’s Department of Public Works to plead his case again.

Many neighbors who live along Jeanine Drive in the Newburg neighborhood are asking Metro city leaders to do more after a series of car crashes on their street.

A car accident once a week is what they said living on Jeanine Drive was like. It’s in Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s neighborhood, and even she said she’s been begging the city to do something about it.

“We need to solve this problem,” said Lemuel Adams, who lives on Jeanine Drive.

Adams pulled up to her home on the corner of Jeanine Drive Sunday morning to find a wrecked car in her driveway and wreckage strewn across the front yard.

“It’s aggravating,” Adams said. “Aggravating and disappointing.”

The only reason he and his wife aren’t home is because they’re staying at a motel.

The reason is that their home is currently uninhabitable because a car crashed into it on Tuesday night.

“I’m going to have to provide more security here,” Adams said. “I can’t let my grandchildren play in a place where they can get hurt.”

Two accidents at the same intersection, in less than a week, but for the neighborhood, this is no coincidence.

In fact, right across the street from Adams, the neighbor put rocks in her yard because of the number of cars that have ended up on her lawn due to accidents.

Council member Barbara Shanklin said a tipping point has now been reached.

“There’s been 20-30 people this year that have been hit right here on this corner,” Shanklin said. “I’ve asked the city, ‘Can you put flashing lights or something to deter him?'” and so far I haven’t been able to. So I said, ‘OK, let’s call the media.'”

Shanklin is already working with the city’s public works department to add speed bumps on Glen Valley Road, but she said the real problem is Jeanine Drive.

Despite the 25 mph speed limit, she said cars are flying in the area, also noting that some may be drag racing.

“What does it take to wake up the city?” Shanklin said. “I’m trying my best to put flashing lights right here. If you can put flashing lights on Hurstbourne Lane, you can put them on Watterson Trail, then you can put them here where people are getting hit.”

According to Shanklin, there have been over 10 crashes at this intersection alone.

WLKY reached out to LMPD to get official data on the crashes, but we were told they are only available during normal business hours.

On Monday, Shanklin said he plans to go to the city’s Department of Public Works to plead his case again.

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