Cleveland Heights, Ohio — Cleveland Heights police are investigating after a driver lost control and crashed into a home, causing extensive damage.
It happened on Fairmount Boulevard and South Taylor Road around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said officers tried to stop a speeding car on Cedar Road, but the driver pulled away heading south on Taylor Road. The police did not pursue the car.
According to eyewitnesses, the car left the center, and then crashed into a house near the intersection. Firefighters arrived at the scene and removed the driver from the wreckage and took the victim to the hospital. The condition of the driver is currently unknown. Police said officers later found a gun, pills and a scale inside the car. The driver has not been arrested.
For the homeowner, frustration has reached an all-time high. He says his house, cars and garage have been hit at least 5 times over the years.
It got to the point where he put up a homemade sign on his lawn that said, “Where’s my fence?” A neighbor next door installed metal poles and additional fencing to protect the part of his house facing the intersection.
Fortunately, no one in the area was hurt in this latest incident.
News 5 followed the Cleveland Heights Police and the towing company as they collected evidence and hauled away one of the vehicles involved in the accident overnight.
Last November, a driver crashed into his house during a high-speed police chase.
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Then the landlord demanded a fence. He previously told News 5 that one was previously installed there and removed in 2005 for a resurfacing project.
“This time it’s very, very bad, much more destruction than I expected,” neighbor Jan Klein said. “I wouldn’t feel safe here, not for a minute, no. I wouldn’t live here.”
Kline continued, “I think this man’s life is in danger. And I would say to the mayor I voted for, “Mayor, please do something to save this man’s life.” It will be too late when someone kills him.”
The city is responsible
Cleveland Heights Mayor Khalil Seren told News 5 Wednesday that city officials have met with the landlord several times to discuss the issue.
“Based on what we saw last night, we aim to redouble our efforts to analyze this problem and find a creative solution that works for everyone, including [the homeowner]his immediate neighbors and motorists on the streets,” Seren said.
He explained that fencing in front of the house was not possible because there was not enough room for the length of fencing and airbags required by ODOT regulations.
“We will create a driver hazard in advance to reduce the risk to the homeowner,” Seren said.
The city is looking for other solutions, such as decorative planters or boulders, and has offered to pay for it.
“We are absolutely ready and have offered financial support for some kind of barrier on the property that would provide some protection to his house. But we have not yet been able to get consent from the landlord,” Seren said.
Neighbors in the area fear that the situation could have dangerous consequences if it is not resolved soon.
“In fact, they need to do something right now before people die,” Kline said.
The homeowner did not want to be interviewed on camera, but told News 5 in a voice-over that he would go to City Hall to discuss the matter again. The city says it is ready to consider any possible options.