Car Crashes Into House In West Laredo
Residents of a west Laredo neighborhood wake up to the sound of a car crashing through a house nearly hitting a teenage girl sleeping inside.
It happened just as the family was getting ready to celebrate father's day.
And they say it's not the first time something like it has happened on their street.
A startling 5 a.m. wake up call for this west side family as a car ended up in their house just as they were preparing to celebrate father's day.
Family members from out of town left stunned.
“It was just horrible. Everybody was asleep in the morning. To me is sounded just like an explosion.”
The driver 21-year-old Kimberly Gonzalez apparently lost control and then, according to the family, fled the scene before being arrested by police.
Residents here say they've seen it happen before.
“It’s been a lot of times.”
He says this crash is one of over ten on this stretch of the road in the last few years alone.
“They use it as IH 35 and that’s the majority of traffic passing through here.”
“You’d be amazed how many accidents we’ve had this is just this area right here.”
The car the home just feet from where a teenager was sleeping right behind this window. The family says they’ve had enough.
“My daughter was panicked crying screaming. She was the one that was closest.”
The family wants city leaders to do something different.
Add speed bumps, have more officers on patrol in the area to catch people speeding, or just make speed limit signs more visible before something worse happens.
“The city has to act on this. What do they need a fatality to occur and that way they can maybe do something.”
City Councilwoman Cindy Liendo Espinoza says more officers will be asked to patrol the area and issue speeding tickets to anyone going above the speed limit.
She says speed bumps are not a viable option for the street, which is a main artery of west Laredo but the traffic division will be looking into other options to try and reduce the number of accidents on Lafayette.