Tampa Bay, Florida neighborhood plagued by cars crashing into homes

Tampa Bay, Florida neighborhood plagued by cars crashing into homes

When it comes to North Highland Avenue and West Violet Street, Edgar Sanchez has few words.

“It’s bad, it’s bad. It’s terrible,” said Sanchez.

Along the half-mile stretch of North Highland Avenue, there have been 96 crashes in five years. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, or FIRES which uses data directly from FDOT, half of those resulted in injuries and one of them was a death. This year alone there’s been 19 crashes.

The latest one landed an SUV in Sanchez’s home. The driver was cited after Tampa Police say he didn’t navigate a curve from Violet onto Highland correctly.

“And I’m nervous right now because the fence is down,” Sanchez said, concerned it could happen again. This marks the third time a car has hit his property just this year alone.