Boy struck in hit-and-run uninjured, but road's safety called to question
EAGLE POINT, Ore. —
A reported hit and run in Eagle Point on Friday has eyes on a neighborhood road.
A boy was riding his bicycle on his way home from school when a dark gray Toyota 4-Runner hit him and drove away.
The boy was uninjured, but the incident brings up a question of street safety in the neighborhood.
The accident happened on Ridgeview Dr. and Crystal Dr. along a long stretch of residential road that's marked with a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit.
According to neighbors, that limit is often overlooked.
Resident Leroy Rodgers and his wife have lived in the neighborhood for two years. Rodgers said reckless drivers in the area inspired them to post a sign in their front yard reading, "Drive Like Your Kids Live Here."
"We have kids and great-grandkids that come here, and that's just not safe with the people speeding through here," said Rodgers. "They come off of [highway] 62 and they're still doing 60 miles an hour."
Rodgers hopes to see some changes-- like speed bumps or increased police presence in the neighborhood-- before someone is seriously hurt.
As far as Friday's hit-and-run accident, Rodgers said he's thankful the boy wasn't hurt, but he's not surprised that it happened.
"I'm surprised there isn't more," he said. "It's even hard for any of us to get out of our driveways here. Just backing out of here is a gamble."
Law enforcement is currently investigating the hit-and-run accident.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Eagle Point Police.