Oak Ridge neighbors worry after weekend hit and run accident

Oak Ridge neighbors worry about speeders after weekend hit and run accident

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Gary Groover's car was sitting on a wrecker Monday morning covered in scratches and in need of repairs. Gary Groover's car was sitting on a wrecker Monday morning covered in scratches and in need of repairs.
Groover says two of his cars parked on Outer Drive were damaged in a hit and run accident around 2 a.m. Saturday. Groover says two of his cars parked on Outer Drive were damaged in a hit and run accident around 2 a.m. Saturday.
The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but homeowners say they simply don't feel safe. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but homeowners say they simply don't feel safe.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Residents of an Oak Ridge community are concerned by what they say is a lack of police presence in their neighborhood.

One concerned resident sent photos to the 6 Newsroom showing the damage to a car and home on Outer Drive. The resident said the road runs parallel to the Oak Ridge Turnpike and is frequented by impaired drivers attempting to escape police detection.

Police say this is the first time they've heard of speeding complaints in the neighborhood. Homeowners say they've had enough of the speeding and they simply want police to target their neighborhood on the weekends so another hit and run crash won't happen again.

Gary Groover's car was sitting on a wrecker Monday morning covered in scratches and in need of repairs.

"I'm not happy because I really liked my Mustang convertible and now I have to replace it," said Groover.

Groover says two of his cars parked on Outer Drive were damaged in a hit and run accident around 2 a.m. Saturday.

In the police report, investigators note after the driver hit the cars, they hit a tree and ran into the foundation of a home. Oak Ridge police still haven't identified that driver.

Blue tarp covered some of the damage to the home Monday morning. Groover believes the driver may have been impaired and says he's stunned by this damage.

"It was a little bit surprising that he was able to hit two cars, hit a house, track through the yard, come back out onto the street and make the escape," added Groover.

The speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but homeowners say they simply don't feel safe.

"You cannot cross the road without taking your life into your hands because they just fly up and down this road," said homeowner Cherie Hampton.

"We've had enough, and what happened Friday night was the icing on the cake," added Hampton.

Oak Ridge police say they'll take a closer look and see if anything can be done, including targeted patrols or a mobile speed detector.

"If they would simply write some tickets and arrest some people, then people would stop coming through here at these speeds," added Groover.

Homeowners say they're going to take this problem into their own hands. They plan on purchasing a speed radar gun to track drivers along Outer Drive.

Oak Ridge Police say they're still looking for the driver, and this crash is still under investigation.

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