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Residents near fatal accident say speeding is a problem
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
People who live on Long Avenue, down the street from where a fatal accident occurred Thursday night, say they see people speeding in the neighborhood all too often.
Thursday night at about 9:45 p.m., Justin Tyrone Young, 34, was driving a Chevy Silverado at a high rate of speed down Long Avenue. He ran a stop sign and crashed into 22-year-old Alexis Kiaria Neal's Impala. She was driving south on 11th Street. Neal died at the scene. Young has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter.
Bryan Lee lives on Long Avenue and was home when the truck and car collided.
"And me and my wife were sitting and watching TV," said Lee. "All the sudden, we heard this screeching car driving down. It happens a lot so we thought, 'okay, it's another speeding car,' but then we heard a loud bang."
Lee says drivers often speed on Long Avenue.
"I actually work from home, so I hear cars going by and, like I said, that's why I thought it was just another speeding car. They either come down this way speeding or they come down this way because there's no stop sign between Tenth and Long," said Lee.
Sergeant Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department says the police department has not received any speeding complaints from residents in the neighborhood along Long Avenue. He advises people to call in if it's an issue.
"Typically, when our officers focus on areas to do extra patrol, that comes from people in the neighborhoods that complain to us about speeders," said Sergeant Flores. "Whenever we have complaints we make sure we have officers there."
Sergeant Flores says the wreck was not Neal's fault, but he urges drivers to do whatever they can to expect the unexpected.
"I think it's very important to remind people to drive defensively. Even if you've got the right of way, check ahead at intersections, make sure there's not a vehicle coming at you because you need that extra time to react. Just in case somebody does something like this: the unexpected."
Lee and some of his neighbors hope the collision leads to changes along Long Avenue.
"I was actually online on a forum and people were saying, 'we need speed bumps, we need a stop sign there. Something needs to happen to keep people from speeding there,'" said Lee.
If you want to report speeding in your neighborhood, call the Beaumont Police Department's non-emergency number, 409-832-1234.