A homeowner on Ormsby Road is cleaning up after a vehicle smashed into her attached garage early Sunday morning.
Tina Lowe said she heard talking and yelling outside of her house around 3 a.m., but ignored the ruckus at first. At 4 a.m., the police called to tell her an SUV had crashed into the side of her garage.
When she went outside, Lowe said seeing the damage caused by the crash was shocking.
“I see whole side – the fence – was down and then besides that, there’s a big hole on my stucco drywall and my storm door is not able to close. The frame is gone and then inside [the garage] the frame is gone.”
Lowe has lived on Ormsby Road East for 27 years. She says traffic was not a problem in the neighbourhood until Anthony Henday Drive opened up and drivers started using her street as a shortcut to join up with the major thoroughfare.
And this isn’t the first time a house on Ormsby Road has been hit. Last July, a stolen car was driven up onto a neighbour's lawn, narrowly missing the house.
Lowe blames fast drivrs for both incidents. She says limiting speed along the road – suggesting 35 or 40 kilometres per hour – and posting signs to that effect might help slow people down.
'It seems to be not safe to sleep here any more.' - Tina Lowe
Ormsby Road residents have been asking the city to consider adding signage, rumble strips or other speed-mediating measure for two years. Last month about 100 residents signed a petition seeking solutions.
Rob Hennigar, who is running for city council and also represents Ormsby Road residents on the West End Community Coalition, says heavy through traffic is a common issue in residential neighbourhoods.
But, he says, Ormsby has it the worst.
“Nobody ever designed this neighbourhood to be a cut-through road or to have heavy traffic problems … but now, with the Anthony Henday and the flow of traffic as it is, we’re seeing more and more, and that just brings higher speeds, higher volumes.”
So far, the city has made no commitments to slow traffic in the neighbourhood.
However, the transportation department is scheduled to meet with members of the community to discuss the problem Monday morning.
As for Lowe, she says a contractor has come in to patch some of the damage caused by the crash.
But she still has no idea how much the damage will cost.
She hopes the crash will help convince the city to take action.
“It seems to be not safe to sleep here any more,” she said.