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Westforest Trail crash part of concerning trend, says homeowner

A crash on the Kitchener road Tuesday was the second in the same spot since July

A Kitchener homeowner wants change to be made to make his neighbourhood safer.

Matt Carse, who lives on Westforest Trail, captured shocking surveillance video of Tuesday's crash that resulted in a 34-year old man being charged.

Carse said it's part of an ongoing trend in the neighbourhood, where a series of crashes have happened in recent years, including two since July.

Carse himself was clipped by the car involved in the July incident.

He feels there are two problems, including speed in an area that has a posted 40 kilometre speed limit.  However, Carse added the bigger issue at hand is distracted driving and a curve in the roadway.

"It's a hard line to prove, definitely there's a big issue with distraction or people not paying attention to the roadway as they go by this area," he said.

"Adding speed to that mix makes it all that much worse."

The curve Carse is speaking to is just south of Victoria Street (pictured above), and within walking distance of two schools: Sandhills Public School and St. Dominic Savio Catholic School.

"My bigger fear here is that there would've been no hope (for pedestrian safety)," he said, "Every day, those sidewalks are packed with kids and with two schools nearby and a lot of families living in the neighbourhood, it starts to present a pretty major safety issue."

So what can be done?

"With speed being one of (the issues), I joked with somebody that if they wanted to put a photo radar post on my front lawn, I'd take it," Carse said.

"But I think because of the distracted component, there needs to be something done to the roadway, whether it be those foldable pylon mechanisms to segregate the bike lane and the parking lane, medians, barriers or some form to keep the cars in the roadway, or at least bring better visibility to cars on the roadway."

"I think people just lose track of where they are on the road, or not paying attention."

570 NEWS has reached out to the City of Kitchener and Waterloo Regional Police for comment.

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