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Neighbors fight to slow down speeding drivers in Lincoln Park

Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 21:04:05-04

Neighbors in Lincoln Park say speeding is a serious problem after a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday night.

Karla Harris has lived in Bella Vista apartments for about six years. For her, this is a familiar scene.

"I just heard a loud noise, a loud bang," said Harris. I looked on the ground and I saw a man hit."

She says cars are always speeding down the roads and hitting pedestrians trying to cross the street. 

"Another person was taking his pulse. He was breathing, shallow breathing. Pulse is shallow and he died," said Harris. "A car came from up there and hit him and he flew."

The nearest cross walk is about 100 yards away. 

She says guests who come to visit have to park across the street and cross over. 
 
"You have to and just cross your fingers that they will slow down and pay attention."
 
So now she's taking action. 
 
"We need better lighting. Lower speed limits, crosswalks, everything. We even need speed bumps."
 
Harris is starting a petition to help slow those drivers down. 
 
"If I have to go door to door to get this done I will."
 
She wants the city to step in to step in to keep more people from getting hurt. 
 
"How many more deaths do there have to be before someone does something about it? They don't want to slow down, and it could have all been avoided by just slowing down."
 
Harris says she needs 200 signatures before she can take her case to city council.