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Neighbors, homeowners express concerns over speed

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Oct 23, 2013

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- Some homeowners in a Henderson community are worried about speed after a man was hit by a vehicle last month. Now, they're wondering if anything can be done to address their concerns.

Dark spots on the road mark the dried up blood. Alex Kelly said he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Sept. 30 and he has the scars to prove it.

"Pain is moderate," said Kelly, who lives with his girlfriend, a homeowner. "I mean it's been three weeks but I have good days and bad days."

Kelly said he was playing football in the street with a boy age nine. Henderson Police said the driver left the scene. While police spokesman Keith Paul said officers are still investigating the case, Kelly believes the driver's speed was a factor.

Action News asked what's the big problem in the community? "Definitely speed," Kelly replied.

Concerned, Kelly turned to Action News. The posted speed limit for High Noon at Old Vegas Ranch is 15 miles-per-hour. But Kelly said not everyone follows that.

"My main concern was the kids," Kelly said. "Not only our kids but all the kids in the neighborhood."

Homeowner Kent Ryley said some drivers are going too fast.

"You really have to be cautious when you're crossing the street," Ryley said. "People just don't slow down here."

Action News wanted to see how big of a problem speeding is in the neighborhood with the help of a speed gun.

At the entrance to the neighborhood, the results are mixed. We measured about a dozen vehicles. Almost all of them were within five miles of the posted speed limit; about half were over the limit, the other half under. Still, Kelly said he would like some sort of speed deterrent - either speed bumps or cameras.

"It's better than nothing," said Kelly. "Some people might be deterred because of the speed bump to take the car over it so fast."

But speed bumps are unlikely. Henderson doesn't allow speed bumps or speed humps, which are different, in residential communities because they slow emergency vehicles, said city spokeswoman Kathy Blaha. Setting and enforcing the speed limit in gated communities is usually up to the homeowners association, Blaha said.

Police spokesman Paul said the city will send out a traffic crew to specific areas to watch for speeders if the city gets a complaint. Kelly said he was unaware of that service but now plans to contact the city.

Joan Pipia, HOA board president, said a phone call from Action News for this story was the first she's heard about speeding concerns. Pipia noted that two other communities share some of the roads in the neighborhood. The president said over the phone that she's willing to hear suggestions if homeowners believe speeding is a problem. Pipia is encouraging those homeowners to attend the next board meeting on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. to voice their concerns or contact the property management company.

"In today's society, everyone's in too much of a hurry to get where they're going," Kelly said.

Police have not cited anyone yet in Kelly's accident and Paul would not go into details because the investigation is on-going.

Michael Lopardi

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Michael Lopardi is the featured reporter of the You Ask. We Investigate. franchise at Action News.