PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A Pasco County couple is trying to figure out how to repair their home on Perennial Dr. in Holiday after a hit and run driver crashed into it last week—that’s the third time that’s happened in three years. “It’s not safe to live in at this point,” said Ashley Hatcher.
Hatcher, age 29, and her husband, age 28, now live in California but were sleeping in their Holiday home three years ago when a driver plowed through the front wall of their master bedroom and sent cinder blocks and concrete flying everywhere. “I thought a bomb had gone off,” said Ashley. “I thought it was an explosion of some sort,” said her husband Garrett.
Last Thanksgiving tenants were in the home when a second car careened into the garage. They moved out soon after that crash. Them last week a hit and run driver did it again, taking out the garage and leaving behind thousand in damage, along with a front bumper from a black Jeep Liberty. The FHP has closed the case without finding a suspect due to “a lack of physical evidence.”
Ashley’s mother Lisa Yates is now trying to figure out a way to stop more cars from careening into the home that sits at the end of a long straightaway on Cockleshell Dr., a stretch of road where says speeders abound. “I just want somebody to care,” Yates said. “To do something.”
At the request of Eight on Your Side Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin did some research with the county’s traffic experts and presented some options. The county may enhance the nearby intersection with a white line across the road and trim trees that block the stop sign. Tobin says the Hatchers can also petition the county with the help of neighbors to obtain traffic calming devices such as “speed bumps.” The neighborhood would have to share the $5000 cost of that option.
Tobin also suggested the Hatchers place some hard objects between the road and their house. “I think you’re within your rights to put a big boulder there,” Tobin told Yates.” I would opt to put some enhancements in the front yard.”
The trouble is the Hatchers now live 3000 miles away and don’t have the cash to pay for the repairs because they don’t have homeowners insurance, much less the means to purchase and install a row of large landscape boulders in their yard or some other type of obstruction. They’d like Pasco County to step in and do something given the repeat history of crashes.
“I would like the county to make it a safe place to live,” said Ashley Hatcher.