UPDATE: Homeowner urges city officials to address traffic after SUV crashes into his home
UPDATE: A Glenwood homeowner is urging city officials to ease traffic pains after a driver crashed into his home.
It happened yesterday afternoon at Glenwood Drive and Oak Street.
Feeling like his concerns are being ignored, Gil Cartwright says he feels helpless and uneasy.
“I mean at 3 o'clock this is like a hornets nest but it doesn't bother anybody,” Cartwright said. “I mean what do you do? Where do you go? Who do you talk to? Beats me.”
Cartwright has lived in Glenwood for 35 years and has witnessed his share of car crashes. Two of them have been on his property. Late Wednesday afternoon, Cartwright was leaving the bank when got a call from a firefighter saying a car was in his living room.
“Here we go again. This is not my first rodeo by any means,” Cartwright said when asked what he thought when he found out.
Police say the driver was coming from Oak Street when it happened. They believe the driver's car may have had a mechanical issue. Regardless, Cartwright says something needs to be done.
“I've planted trees try to get them as big as I can. I put up boulders to keep them out of my house,” he explained. “We've done traffic counts. There's more traffic on Glenwood than there is on McCallie. So, do something about it.”
We reached out to Chattanooga police to see how many crashes have been reported in that area. According to their records, there have been 14 crashes near Cartwright's home so far this year; One of them was fatal.
We reached out to Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod, who represents the Glenwood community. She was unaware of the traffic issues, but said she was looking into it. She declined to comment until she learns more. Still, Cartwright is hoping for a permanent fix.
“Put up lights; no left turns. They won't do anything. We'll just have another traffic count and have some poor guy sitting out here in a car for a week counting cars.”
While officers were directing traffic outside of Cartwright’s home, another driver crashed into a Chattanooga police patrol car that was parked in the street. They say the driver, Dewaun Harrison, was under the influence and was not wearing a seatbelt. He was taken into custody.
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It happened shortly after 2:20 p.m. in the 100 block near the corner of Oak Street.
Police say no one was injured.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but police say they suspect the SUV somehow malfunctioned based on reports from the scene.
No charges have been filed at this time.
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