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Southwest side neighbors are concerned about dangerous driving

Posted at 12:55 AM, May 29, 2019

An arrest over a road rage issue is highlighting an issue in a southwest side neighborhood.

People say drivers speeding down their streets are putting lives at risk, and they want the city to put something in place to prevent racing drivers.

Neighbors we talked to said once drivers get off Mills Road and start heading down Kellum Drive, they really pick up speed. Once they get to a stop sign, they take off.

We have seen lots of families with kids and the big concern is that if something doesn't change, there could be deadly consequences. Folks on Kellum Drive are tired of seeing it.

"I've witnessed it for 23 years," Fred Kellermeier said. "It seems like it's gotten worse here lately."

Jesse Couch said it caused him property damage.

"I used to be able to park my work truck out there in the street, but it got side-swiped," he said.

Kellermeier said crashes happen in front of his home all the time.

"The accidents I've seen have even ended up in my yard," he said. "I got kids out here every day. My wife, she walks up and down the street."

That's a concern we heard around the neighborhood.

""We've had a few people come over the curb and into our yard a few times," a woman who asked to not be identified said.

She said her son was playing in the yard the last time it happened.

"They went into the grass, and I was pretty fearful that he would be hit if he wasn't closer to the house," she said.

The final straw came this week when they were crossing the street.

"We had two people side-by-side coming down the road," she said. "The driver was yelling and screaming about tailgating. They were screaming back-and-forth about, 'Get out of my way! I have places to go!' I just reiterated with them that it's not worth anybody's life to speed or get anywhere. I'm concern for the kids, mostly."

The incident would eventually be investigated by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as a road rage case. She filmed the interaction and told them to slow down.

"Just don't drive like that," she said in the video. "My kid plays here."

She said one of the drivers made threats to her, which is why she asked us to keep her identity private. One of the drivers was arrested for disorderly conduct and driving on a suspended license, but she has a plan to prevent it from happening again.

"Speed bumps through this area," she said. "I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to do that, but I hope they can see the need and the necessity and go for the greater good versus the individual request."

For that to happen, residents have to make a request to the Department of Public Works and then get 75 percent of their neighbors to sign a petition.

Kellermeier and Couch both said they would get behind it.

"I'd be happy with that. I wouldn't care one bit if they put the speed bump right here behind my driveway," Couch said. "I work asphalt and, to be honest with you, I thought about coming home and putting a couple speed bumps down through here."