Osceola residents say cars crash into wall of their complex regularly

Residents worried crashes could turn fatal

By Louis Bolden - Investigative Reporter

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Residents in an Osceola County apartment complex say cars crash into the wall of their complex regularly.

According to officials with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, it has already happened multiple times this year.

Residents believe it could end in a fatality.

Some residents shared photos of the crashes with News 6 Investigator Louis Bolden. One photo shows the middle section of the wall knocked down after a crash. Edelmiro Torres has watched the accidents from his apartment.

"It's a growing problem that has me worried," he said.

He is worried because he has seen it happen over and over. "They come speeding through that curve and they lose control and end up crashing into our wall," he said.

According to Osceola County Sheriff's Office officials, there have been 17 accidents, hit-and-runs crashes and reckless driving incidents at the wall.

Another photo shows a car that crashed into a water pump instead of the wall.

"It left us without water service for a couple of hours," Torres said. "They were able to come in and fix it on a Friday afternoon; otherwise, we would have been all weekend without water."

Raywati Koci showed News 6 a dent in the side of her gray Infiniti.

She says it's from flying debris after someone crashed into the wall.

She agrees something needs to be done. "I think they need to put a sign and a light there, to let the drivers know--slow down," Koci said.

News 6 took that suggestion right to county leaders. Osceola County Public Relations Officer Mark Pino said the county is now taking action.

"We have the traffic data and we will look to see what the best solution is, if it's signage or some other measure to calm traffic," Pino said. "We weren't aware of this until we were contacted by your station."

Torres hopes something is done soon.

"Eventually, someone will be killed, or they will kill themselves against this wall," he said.

"It'd be disgraceful for something like that to happen."

Pino noted that most of the accidents happen when the road is wet and offered a temporary solution, saying, "Driving conditions often dictate a decrease in the posted speed limit and require complete concentration from those operating a motor vehicle."

To learn about the FIRES website to look up crash date for the entire state, click here.

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