INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Oct. 9, 2015)-- Residents in Meridian Hills are becoming accustomed to serious crashes along one stretch of road. It’s been a problem for years and neighbors are hoping the City of Indianapolis will step in and provide much needed relief.
"That’s all previous damage from previous accidents," said William Lovell.
Lovell's front yard looks more like a junkyard.
"There's his sunroof over there," he explained.
Car parts are strewn across his yard. The decorative boulders that once lined Lovell's lawn are now all over the place due to cars colliding with them. There are also several safety reflectors that have been knocked over by drivers barreling through the turn.
"There has been roughly six accidents that I’ve had in my yard in the last 8-9 months," said Lovell.
Cars continually lose control while driving along Merdian Hills Boulevard connecting Westlane to 73rd Street. Police and neighbors say the majority of the crashes involve alcohol.
"My grandchildren cannot play in the front yard because we cant trust them to be safe with the traffic," said Lovell.
Lovell says motorists lose control and drive off into a ditch and end up in his front yard.
Early Friday morning, a driver police suspect of drinking lost control and smashed into Lovell's last living tree.
"My bedroom is there and if this part would have gone in at a different angle, it could have been worse," said neighbor Richard Martin.
Martin says car part clean up is now commonplace.
"You know it’s going to happen every six weeks or so. We just think, 'Oh well, there goes another one,'" said Martin.
"We don’t have jurisdiction to put up a guard rail," said town councilor Terry O'Brien.
O’Brien says there are 11 miles of road that belongs to the town, but the stretch of road in question is owned by the City of Indianapolis.
"It’s a challenge for the City of Indianapolis to come up with a solution to keep people on the road," said O'Brien.
"It’s inevitable that somebody is going to die," he said.
For years, the town and neighbors have reached out to city leaders without much of a response or concrete solution to improve the road safety.
Lovell says he was contacted by Mayor Ballard's office and told the issue will be inspected next week.