Denver home a magnet for traffic crashes

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DENVER -- A Denver family’s home appears to be a magnet for traffic accidents and now they’re reaching out to the FOX 31 Denver Problem Solvers for help.

Richard Casias lives with his parents at the intersection of Perry Street and First Avenue in the Barnum area of Denver. He says dozens of cars have crashed outside his family’s home in recent years.

Denver police confirm 10 crashes have happened at the intersection in front of the home since April 2014. The most recent crash occurred last week when a woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a driver who took off.

“They’ve been through our yard three or four times. They hit the corner of the house. My parents have been so nervous. Every time they hear screeching tires, they can't even enjoy their home,” Casias said.

“Some nights I can't sleep. I hear some cars going, putting on brakes, making U-turns. It's bad,” said Richard’s mother, Thomasita Vigil.

One car even hit the family’s house. Casias has his own theories as to why the home seems to be a magnet for disaster.

“This is a point where cars are trying to beat the light and that's where the majority of the accidents are happening,” he told FOX31.

He thinks the street lights need to be replaced with a four-way stop. He also wants to see speed bumps leading up to the intersection installed.

Regardless of the cause of the crashes, the family is fed up, frustrated and ready to give up.

“I’ve been trying to get help the last 15 years and no one's responded. This is the first time I've ever gotten a response from anybody. And FOX 31 News is the one that responded. This is our chance,” Casias said.

It’s a chance the family hopes proves fruitful, before they end up a casualty of the problem. FOX31 was able to get a hold of City Councilman Paul Lopez, who represents the district.

He is going to request a traffic study and will also notify police about the problem. Denver Public Works also responded and promised a traffic engineer will conduct a study.