Westerville Hit And Run Problem Bigger Than Police First Thought


UPDATED: Thursday November 8, 2012 6:32 PM

Residents on one Westerville street said that their vehicles are constantly the targets of hit-and-run drivers.

Olivia Burt said that her Mustang has been struck a number of times while parked along College Avenue near Otterbein University.

Her side mirror and panel have been lost to hit-and-run drivers along her very narrow street.

"People need to slow down," Burt said. "I've just seen them hit cars and drive away. Nobody cares."

Westerville police said that their records showed barely a handful of hit-and-runs along College Avenue.

Cpl. Greg Franey said that he was surprised when he heard Burt talk about the dozens of unreported hit-and-runs along the street.

"My roommate's been hit three times, my neighbor has been hit, I believe twice," Burt said. "Cars get hit down there all the time."

Franey said that the city was aware of the tight squeeze along her street.

Last month, signs were installed limiting parking near the intersection of College Avenue and State Street.

Franey said that the parking restriction might have to include the entire street with the uptick in crashes.

"The only solution that I can think of right now is contact our traffic study and have them take a look at it," Franey said.

Residents who park their vehicles along College Street told 10TV News that they are crossing their fingers and hoping that a traffic study would bring improvements soon.

Westerville police said that drivers need to remember that hit and run crashes are a crime, and police should be notified.
 
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