READER REPORT: Collision sends car into yard

Thanks to Brad for the photo/report – that’s the aftermath of a 2-vehicle collision at 47th SW and SW Hinds; one car ended up in a yard. Brad reports, “The homeowner indicates this is not the first time this has happened but it’s the worst.” No apparent injuries, and no SFD dispatch.

15 Replies to "READER REPORT: Collision sends car into yard"

  • Belvidear April 27, 2021 (12:07 pm)

    Did this happen while kids were walking over to Madison? Yikes.

  • Okras April 27, 2021 (12:08 pm)

    Not the first time?! Seems like something needs done to this street.

  • Leelee April 27, 2021 (1:06 pm)

    Ahh jeez… any other pics on what this road/intersection looks like? Wonder if a bad road design.

  • Katie April 27, 2021 (1:26 pm)

    I am the homeowner.  We’re relieved no one was injured in this crash and luckily we only have damage to our porch, fence, and landscaping.  However, it’s super frustrating that this has happened twice (last one stopped at the fence) and previous appeals to the city to have some kind of control on the intersection have been denied.   Stop signs, a traffic circle, anything to slow folks down.  We’re across the street from Madison.  What if some kids were walking home from school at that moment?   A good reminder for everyone to take it slow at uncontrolled intersections.

  • nearby April 27, 2021 (1:37 pm)

    Katie, what kinds of intersection controls would you most prefer? Happy to contact officials in support. It doesn’t make sense that these intersections are uncontrolled in a school zone. They can get scary with speeding cars.

    • KM April 27, 2021 (2:55 pm)

      In my experience, an intersection being in a school zone doesn’t mean much when asking for traffic controls, they want to see data. I was persistent about the one in my neighborhood and finally SDOT installed “no parking 30 feet from the curb signs”, but the intersection remains uncontrolled.

    • Andrew April 27, 2021 (3:17 pm)

      The SE corner has a 20′ wall at the corner. Total blind spot for NB and WB drivers.SDOT was notified of this the last time it happened and did nothing. Wait- they counted cars during summer. When no school was in session. We just want stop signs. It’s not rocket science. 

  • Ls April 27, 2021 (2:19 pm)

    We live on that street and have many, very small kids playing and walking that sidewalk. This was really scary to see, and we are so thankful no one was hurt. It’s been very frustrating getting consistently denied a stop sign on this intersection that’s in a school zone. People speed down that hill without looking every day. 

    • Jort April 27, 2021 (3:11 pm)

      Just to be certain, the reason you and others have not received stop signs at intersections like these is likely directly related to traffic “standards” set in manuals like the MUTCD. Traffic “engineers,” especially those who were educated in the explosive expansionary period of automobile dependent-design, often believe that stop signs and other such devices “impede the flow of traffic.” “Free traffic flow” was, foolishly, considered the paramount aim of all traffic engineering in America for many years, and, in fact, those standards required that a certain number of injuries or collisions be reached before treatments like painted crosswalks can be applied!!! This is why it is so paramount to work behind the scenes to change these outdated modes of thinking that have led to America being an extreme outlier in terms of wealthy, developed nations in automobile fatalities, injuries and property damage. So, in one way, it is GOOD NEWS that somebody hit the fence, because this might be the perversely backwards stupid justification for speed control at this intersection. Let’s hope for a future where cars DON’T have to crash into people’s houses before we consider making our streets safer.

  • Jeff April 27, 2021 (3:17 pm)

    I’ve had more than one near miss at that intersection from people speeding down the hill. 

  • mark April 27, 2021 (3:34 pm)

    I see this behavior all the time on Hinds and Spokane and I live on 48th. People traveling east and west blow through these uncontrolled intersections without even looking and there are lots of collisions. Traffic circles are the best solution. Yield to the car on your right.

  • BJG April 27, 2021 (3:37 pm)

    So sorry to see this. Unfortunately, stop signs at both ends of our block on 45th are no speed deterrent. If anything, it’s a challenge to race from one end of the block to the other. I think those annoying speed bumps are slightly more useful. Good luck. The City denied us those too.

  • Jennie April 27, 2021 (4:56 pm)

    Used to live right near here. Dodgy intersection. It needs a 4-way stop. Zero visibility, and it’s in a school zone.

  • Katie April 27, 2021 (5:27 pm)

    Homeowner here again, just wanting to add that our West Sea neighbors are awesome!  Folks have stopped by,  texted and emailed to ask if we need anything.  They have brought us flowers and candy, doughnuts and coffee, and offered to help replace landscaping or mend the fence.  Thank you neighbors!

  • angelescrest April 27, 2021 (7:34 pm)

    Katie, I’m so sorry this happened.  Pretty shocking. However, your house is so photogenic…looks like it’s in the middle of the forest!  It’s lovely!

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