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Indianapolis neighbors concerned over speeding, street racing

Posted at 8:25 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 20:25:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Neighbors are calling on police to step in after a man is killed by cars street racing.

People who live in the area said speeding is a huge problem in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

"When the accident happened, you could feel it," Amy McMullen, who lives in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, said. "The skidding of the cars was like nothing — I've heard cars skid before but that was really something."

It's a sound McMullen and her husband will never forget.

"Oh you know it was just tragic," McMullen said. "It was gut-wrenching."

Last month, a 35-year-old man was killed by a car allegedly street racing along 38th Street near Washington that lost control and smashed into his.

"It's the thrill of going fast," McMullen said. "Because you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing."

Witnesses saw it all.

"She watched them weave in and out of traffic and when they got the light up here at Washington they went flying through," McMullen said.

Neighbors said the regular speeding in the area is not only a noise and public safety menace but has not become critically dangerous.

"The rules don't apply or what?" McMullen said. "There are so many people going through red lights. There's so many people speeding. It's like traffic things are just ignored."

They're now urging folks who live nearby to call the Mayor's Action Center.

"It happens more than once. This is not the first time," McMullen said. "It's my own children that are on the roads. How do you know you're not next?"

Neighbors are calling for adding speeding cameras, more prominent signage of speed limits and extra weekend and night patrols. Reflecting on the lives lost to reckless driving, McMullen has one message for drivers who do partake in street racing.

"Do you know that what you're doing is putting other lives in jeopardy?" she said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said people can file complaints online. Sometimes police will add extra patrols based on the complaints they receive and have their officers who work that beat focus on specific areas.