Fourth house struck by car in NW Houston neighborhood

Homeowners are frustrated after a vehicle hits their home in northwest Houston

January 20, 2012 4:33:06 PM PST
Homeowners in a northwest Houston neighborhood are fed up. They say the curve they live on is dangerous, and the latest example they're using is the crumbling home on the corner of their street. It was hit by a car early Friday morning, and this isn't the first time.

Neighbors say it's only a matter of time before someone is killed, and they say something needs to be done to warn drivers. The concern centers around a sudden turn in the road along Green Lawn Drive and Long Leaf.

The speed limit on the street is 30mph, but you may not know because there aren't any signs on the street. Without proper signs, people who live there say, this will continue to be a problem.

"I looked at it, and there was no question what had happened," homeowner Bob Liska said.

Liska says he didn't need police to tell him what happened at his home. When he woke up and saw it, he already knew. But he did have one question.

"How they were able to keep the car running to back it up and pull out?" he wonders.

Around 1:30am Friday, someone crashed into the side of Liska's house. He and wife, Sue, are lucky.

"Our bedroom's on the other side of the house; I use a device when I sleep so it sort of numbs the noise," Bob Liska said.

So, if he didn't hear it, how did he know what happened? Well, it's history repeated there, and at neighbor Barbara Harrison's house.

"Hit the side, took out some plants, hit the side of my house," Harrison said.

And it also happened at the home of Nic Rodriguez.

"We've gone through several mailboxes," Rodriguez said.

All these neighbors call their street a speedway, a short-cut between West Little York and Antoine. They say traffic has gotten worse in the last two years, and on Friday afternoon, our cameras even caught drivers zipping around the corner.

"How long is the city going to just let this go on before someone is really seriously injured?" Sue Liska said.

So far, the Liskas say pleas for help from the city have been ignored. Their plan now is to get speed bumps in here, and fast.

We called Houston City Councilwoman Helena Brown's office, and within hours, her chief adviser William Park was out there to talk to the Liskas and get video of the scene. He even says he will recommend speed bumps and road signs.

"Firsthand, while I was standing out here, a school bus sped by, it didn't even slow down -- unbelievable. And I was gonna park right out there, I'm glad I didn't," Park said.

Meanwhile, police say they have no description of the car or driver in this case.