Woman pleads for change after car plows into her home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman pleads for change after car plows into her home

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis homeowner said seeing a car slammed into her house was hardly a surprise.

She has sent complaints to city council for years because of drivers racing down her street.

“It’s just a horrific situation,” Valerie Wright said.

A car slammed into her house Friday. Wright was inside her 11-year-old son’s room when it happened.

She rushed outside to see the damage, and the car had already sped off.

“Ever since I've been here, we've had cars speeding around,” she said. “They've knocked over our mailboxes, they knocked down our fences, our pets have been killed.”

Wright said she has complained to the city council for nearly a decade about people speeding at 80 miles per hour or more around the corner of Point Church Road.

She said she wants speed bumps, but the council said they cannot do that because the road is zoned for industrial use.

Councilman Berlin Boyd commented on Wright’s Facebook post with a response.

“I told the engineers that when they came out, your street should be an exception because of the risk of accidents. Don't worry I'll have them come out again next week,” Boyd wrote.

She is not satisfied with that answer.

“I want you to do something, because, is it going to take a fatality for the city to say, hey we should have done this?” Wright asked. “This could have been the end of either me or my kid’s life. Something should be done.”

Councilman Boyd said he sympathizes with Valerie. The council has even paid for three or four studies on the street, but the issue always goes back to the street being zoned industrial.

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