LARGO, Fla. (FOX 13) - A car slammed into the back of a Largo home this morning, and neighbors said they were not surprised it happened – again.
Early Friday morning, two people were hospitalized after the car they were inside slammed into the back of the home near the intersection of 126th Ave North and Wild Acres Way.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the driver, 30-year-old Mario Velasquez, was showing off his car to a friend when he blew through a stop sign at the intersection. His 2013 Hyundai Equus took out trees and warning signs before rolling and slamming into the side of a house.
“I saw a picture flying off the wall, and the next thing I saw was the concrete blocks coming through,” described homeowner George Howe.
Howe says he was reading the paper and eating breakfast when the sedan crashed into his spare bedroom. He called 911, but wasn’t very surprised.
“Unfortunately, it’s the fifth incident involving this intersection,” Howe said.
A similar wreck happened at his next-door neighbor’s house just over two years ago, when a car crashed into the bedroom after failing to stop at the intersection.
“Right there in my bedroom, yeah, right in the back of my bed, and right here close to my head,” said Jennifer Phan.
Phan is one of many neighbors wondering what it will take before the County does more to calm the traffic.
“Oh this is daily, the speeding, you can hear cars come around the corner and just speed down, tires spinning,” Thomas Lucas said.
This stretch of 126th Avenue North is a half-mile straightaway leading up to the stop sign.
People say they’d like to see more than just signage installed to slow drivers down and make them pay attention.
“There’s gotta be something that can be done, gotta be,” said Howe.
Velasquez and his passenger, 22-year-old John Penalver, were transported to a hospital. Velasquez was cited for driving with a suspended license and running a stop sign.
FOX 13 News reached out to Pinellas County Transportation officials and were told the reflective signs at the intersection were added by the City of Largo last summer. Officials say they plan to review the intersection again to determine if anything more needs to be done to improve safety.