'They don't slow down when kids are around': Crash highlights concern on Eugene street
EUGENE, Ore. - A crash in Eugene on Thursday left two people hospitalized - and neighbors worried for their safety.
The crash happened around 10:30 a.m.
“There was an entrapment in the Volkswagen, and the fire department was able to get that, extricate that person out,” Officer Doug Ledbetter says.
That’s after police say the Volkswagen veered off Garden Way in Eugene, taking down a tree. The VW overturned over onto a Honda that was backing out of the driveway.
“Surmising the damage, and where the car ended up, it had to be at least be going the speed limit and if not more,” Ledbetter says.
Ledbetter says the two people involved in the accident were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. They are expected to live.
But neighbors say they’re concerned about the traffic on their street.
“People drive way too fast; there's a lot of turns and it just feels like people aren't paying close enough attention; they don't slow down when kids are around,” neighbor Kendall Burnham says.
That’s why she doesn’t let her kids bike along Garden Way.
“When kids are riding their bikes, you know, they're still learning how to navigate traffic, and I would love to see people respect that a little bit and give them space to do so,” she says.
Police say the design of the street itself might be partially to blame.
“It’s a wide street; wide streets kind of invite speed,” Ledbetter says.
But for now, he says this crash is under investigation He’s just thankful that everyone’s hopefully alright.