Clarksville neighbors call for speed bumps after deadly hit-and-run

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Eddie Crabtree has called Redwood Drive in Clarksville home for about as long as he can remember. 

"We've all lived in this subdivision for a long time," he said.

The people next door and down the road are family, which is why he's so torn up about the loss of Carl Humphrey and the pain his family has to be feeling after Wednesday night.

"They're good people. We've known them for almost 40 years," Crabtree said.

Humphrey was near his front yard raking leaves when he was hit by driver, Kenise Joseph, who police say didn't even stop.

"There was a lot of chaos. He was pretty bad off," said neighbor John Sellmer.

Humphrey died at University Hospital. Back in the neighborhood, Crabtree and other neighbors say they've worried that something like this could happen for a long time . 

"It's like a highway. They can reach 40-50 mph on this street, and they do," Crabtree said.

To prevent people from driving recklessly, they want their street riddled with speed bumps, forcing drivers to pump the breaks.

"Do you think that car would've slowed down, if there were a speed bump?" Crabtree asked. "I think it would've helped."

The idea isn't a road that hasn't been traveled down before. 

"Over four years ago, I tried to get the town council to put in speed bumps," Crabtree said.

It didn't work out. Tim Hauber, Vice President of the Clarksville Town Council, explained why. 

"Some of the issues with speed bumps are it damages your snow plowing equipment, other types of equipment, and it's hard to maintain," Hauber said.  "And quite frankly, cars can speed through speed bumps if they want to."

Crabtree plans to renew his effort, and hopes what happened will convince the town council to change its mind.

"If we can turn this tragedy into something positive to keep someone else from getting hit or killed, that's the only good thing that's going to come from this," Crabtree said. 

Hauber said more police have been patrolling the area for a while now in hopes of stopping speeders.

Kenise Joseph is at the Clark County Jail charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death.

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