Homeowner seeks city’s help after cars continue to crash into home


Cars often fly down Lead Avenue headed toward Broadway, and it’s causing major issues for homeowner Jose Vergara, time and time again. 

“Just recently we replaced the fencing from here to the corner because a car just rolled over, over here,” said Vergara.

Thursday morning, the most recent crash to hit his property on the corner of Edith and Lead, took out his fence. 

“This one is pretty severe because you can see it went really deep all the way into that section of the fencing,” he said.  

One person was taken to the hospital, and the driver of the SUV fled the scene. Vergara said at this point, he just wants some help from the city. 

“We’re extremely frustrated, something’s gotta happen,” he said.  

Yet, the city says it’s already made major changes to that stretch of Lead. 

“We’re very sorry that this did happen, and the road is built for optimum level of service,” said Johnny Chandler, Department of Municipal Development spokesperson. 

Chandler said the lanes were cut down from three to two, and the speed limit is still only 30 mph. 

“It also is a significant downhill going to Broadway and it’s important for the motorists to make sure they follow the posted speed limit signs,” he said.  

Although no traffic studies are in the works, City Councilor Isaac Benton has pushed for help in the area. His idea for a traffic light a block up on Lead at Walter was approved in January.

Chandler said the Department of Municipal Development will be asking the Albuquerque Police Department to increase enforcement on Lead Avenue to get drivers to slow down. 

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