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Car crashes into wall of Bloomingdale neighborhood for second time in less than 9 months

Posted at 10:45 PM, Mar 25, 2019

The intersection of Culbreath Road and Erindale Drive is known for people speeding and crashing into walls. The cycle of crashes seems to repeat.

In July 2018, ABC Action News first told you about a driver that was arrested for DUI and other charges after crashing through a brick wall, knocking down the Bloomingdale neighborhood sign, before plunging into a swimming pool.

On Monday, another car hit the same spot. This time the car did not go through the brick wall. Thankfully, in both cases no one was hurt.

The HOA told us in previous reports that speed humps are not an option. The county's study of the road revealed that there isn't enough traffic at the intersection to make it a three-way stop, and there's not enough space to put in a roundabout.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office is aware of the issue and said that speeding has been a problem in the area for several years. Officials have put signs up in the area and deputies have increased patrols.

In January, ABC Action News reporter JJ Burton profiled the same stretch of road again because cars were not following the 30 mph speed limit.

Hillsborough County officials said TECO went out after that crash in July to put in new LED lights to make the intersection brighter.

But many neighbors are still looking for more to be done. The speed limit in the area is 30, but neighbors say most days drivers are going over 50.

The former president of the HOA, George May, said neighbors voted to increase their taxes so the money could be used to pay off-duty deputies to patrol the area at night.