LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – A Largo mother came home last week to find her backyard fence destroyed. A car had plowed right through it. This is the second time this happened in six months, Amber Davis said.
Davis is worried about the safety of her four children and two dogs who play in the backyard. She’s upset she has to pay nearly $1,000 to replace the fence – but stressed she’s most concerned about safety.
“Had this fence not been there, they probably would have continued right through the house,” Davis said.
The accident occurred as a Largo police officer followed a stolen 2013 Toyota Camry. The driver sped up on 119th Street, near 16th Avenue SW, to try to get away from the police car. Instead, the driver lost control and hit the fence.
Davis says this shows why a guardrail is needed. There is a curve in the road near her home, but cars regularly drive too fast.
Pinellas County officials sent the following statement:
“Pinellas County is committed to maintaining safe and effective county transportation systems. The resident previously reported concerns about safety to Pinellas County Public Works several months ago. At the time, there was no record of any vehicle crashes at this location, and the resident was informed that current road signage was an effective safety measure. Now that new safety concerns, including two recent traffic crashes, have been brought to our attention county staff will evaluate the resident’s concerns and determine if and what mitigation strategies may be appropriate.”
As for the damage, Largo Police Department officials call it a civil matter between the homeowners and the crook. If the damage were directly caused by a police officer, it would be replaced, a spokeswoman said. But since it was caused by the crook, the residents would have to seek restitution against the driver.