Chula Vista residents outraged over 'dangerous' Olympic Pkwy speeding

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 21:01:12-04

CHULA VISTA (KGTV) -- Chula Vista residents are outraged that city and law enforcement officials aren't doing enough to make roads in the growing Otay Ranch area safer.

Locals lashed out within moments of news that an 18-year-old motorist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a lighting pole.

The crash happened Sunday morning along a stretch of road residents call "Olympic Parkway Speedway." 

For over two miles, the six lane stretch between Brandywine and Heritage roads is devoid of stop lights, intersections, and limited police presence clearing a path for fast drivers and drag racers, according to one resident.

"It is scary, if I see somebody reckless driving and I know they are dangerous, I call 9-1-1," said Najib Ahrarin.

Ahrarin, a seven year resident of Otay Ranch, says it's not uncommon for motorists to reach speeds of 80 to 100 MPH on the busy road.

The speed limit on Olympic Parkway is 50 MPH.

"Everybody is in a hurry, they're speeding a lot. There is no respect," said Ahrarin.

A separate one mile section between Heritage and La Media on Olympic, near Otay Ranch High School, proved deadly earlier this year.

A motorcyclist was killed in January after he was spotted splitting lanes.  California Highway Patrol said the victim drove through a red light at the intersection of Olympic and Santa Venetia Street then struck the back of a school bus.

Residents are demanding changes from city officials including posting more speed limit signs and increasing police presence.  For now, they'll continue calling the cops.

"It is scary, if I see somebody reckless driving and I know they are dangerous, I call 9-1-1," said Ahrarin.

10News called the Chula Vista Police Department for comment but a CVPD contact told 10News in an email that the traffic sergeant was off duty and that no other traffic officer was available until tomorrow.

A family friend of the teen driver in Sunday's crash says his condition is improving and is expected to survive.  No further information about the victim was given at this time.

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