Residents say speeding on Redman Road is out of hand

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SPANISH LAKE, MO (KTVI) – A speeding car damaged property on Redman Road in Spanish Lake Thursday night, just doors from the spot where a 2-year-old boy was killed in June.

The narrow residential street has a speed limit of 25 miles per hour, but residents say many drivers ignore that.   Five months ago, Darion Griffin lost his life.  He was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.  Thursday night’s accident happened around 9 pm. and fortunately, no one was out on the street.

Thursday night a vehicle crossed Michael and Jenny Karpinski’s front yard and plowed into their Windstar van, shoving it across the driveway and into the family’s fish and ski boat.

The force of the collision pushed the boat and trailer into the next door neighbor’s yard.

“We  heard a huge boom.  We`ve got little dogsand they were going crazy,” said Jenny Karpinski.  “I got up to see what was going on  by the time I got out and looked out my front door there was nothing.”

The driver had backed up and driven off.    “It was scary,” Karpinski said.   “The people were all out of their houses, but nobody got a license plate; nobody got what kind of car.  This is something that always happens on this street.”

The Karpinski`s consider themselves lucky.  The van missed striking their house by just under a yard. The accident raises unsettling memories. Some 20 years ago, their son was injured when a speeding car hit him two doors away from home.

St. Louis County Police say they have run a radar check on Redman three times in the past three months.  They checked 150 cars and non were speeding.

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