HOUSTON - Residents are fed up with street racing in their neighborhood and are demanding something be done after their beloved, longtime mail carrier was struck by a driver allegedly drag racing.
The crash happened Saturday on Scott street in southeast Houston.
It’s a sight and a sound that witnesses can’t shake.
“It didn’t sound like two cars clashing,” said Sharon, a witness. “It sounded like a bomb.”
“It could have been my kids, it could have been my neighbors,” said Cynthia Sanders, another witness.
Sanders says two trucks were racing down Scott street near Cullen Middle School when one of them T-boned a U.S. Postal Service truck, sending the neighborhood’s longtime, well-known and well-liked postal carrier to the hospital in critical condition.
“Devastating,” said Sharon. “It shouldn’t have happened to a person like her, or anybody.”
“Her leg is severely injured. She has a large gash, and they just stood there,” said Sanders, of the two drivers allegedly involved. “They didn’t try to render aid to the lady or anything.”
Police arrested the two men at the scene.
Neighbors say it’s not the first time racing or speeding has led to someone getting hurt on the street, and they’re worried it won’t be the last.
“I’m just sick of seeing it,” said Sanders. “It’s like a drag race. Someone is always speeding.”
Sanders and other neighbors tell KHOU 11 News that cars will speed past them at bus stops and through active school zones at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.
“They need to beef up the patrol around here, start ticketing people for speeding, enforce it.” said Sanders.
“Obviously we can’t have road humps on a major street like this, but if we could get a little more police presence,” said Eric Johnson, of the South Union Civic Association.
Johnson says he and members of the neighborhood are calling on that enforcement to be fair and are calling for justice.
The two suspects, Christopher Lazaro and Jose Leija-Ambriz, were each charged with Racing on a Highway, Bodily Injury.
Both bonded out of jail early Sunday morning, and both are due in court Monday morning.