Residents push for speed bumps after boys killed in crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents push for speed bumps after boys killed in crash

(Source: McDowell family) (Source: McDowell family)
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It's been almost six months since 11-year-olds Darryl Howard and Joshua McDowell lost their lives after police say an unlicensed driver swerved on the sidewalk, hitting the boys as they were walking.

"Every time I walk past here and talk to someone about it, I just break down," said Bradis Murkson, Darryl Howard's stepfather.

The crash happened on Jones Road near Raleigh-Millington Road on January 24.  Now, Sparkel Hastings, 27, remains behind bars on a $350,000 bond after police say she lost control of her SUV and hit the boys.  Surveillance video shows the out-of-control car driving excessive speeds moments before the crash happened.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, step by step," said Murkson.

Witnesses say the driver was going about 85 to 90 miles per hour.

Now, there's a push by nearby residents to possibly add more speed bumps and lower the speed limit in the area.

"We need some speed bumps, we need a red light right there, we need a whole lot of stuff to patrol this area," said Raleigh resident Frank Robinson. 

Residents are also pushing for more speed limit signs and traffic signals to encourage drivers to slow down.

The speed limit should be like 35 miles per hour. They coming through here doing 40 and 45 miles per hour," said Raleigh resident Isadore Harris.

He says he's met with the city engineer's office and is even willing to start a petition to hopefully get the ball rolling.

"It hurts to know that people have no respect for traffic," said Harris.

The families of Darryl Howard and Joshua McDowell say they're still grieving and can appreciate what is being done to increase safety in the Raleigh area.

City officials said speed limit signs will go up on Jones Road Monday.

Depend on WMC Action News 5 to follow the progress of the wanted changes on Jones Road and in the Raleigh area.

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