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Residents in Troy concerned about speeding cars after teenager is hit

March 07, 2019 11:43 AM

TROY – Residents on 8th street in Troy are saying they’re concerned about cars speeding down their street. It comes as a 16 year old girl is recovering at Albany Medical Center after being hit by a car on that street Tuesday night.

“It could easily be them the next time,” said Priscilla Hilton McCauley, whose mother lives on the street and her son often visits.

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Many on the street said drivers fly down the road trying to catch the light to turn onto Hoosick Street. The city speed limit is 30 mph. They said it’s been a problem for a while.

“We see the cars just fly by, trying to make the light and it's really dangerous,” said Hilton McCauley.

Troy police have ticked the driver in Tuesday night’s incident for unsafe speed. However, they also said the girl walking in the middle of the road contributed to the crash.

Surveillance video of what happened has been gaining traction on social media. Many commenting saying something needs to be done about the speeding cars. Hilton McCauley said they have tried to do something about speeders before.

“They did have a speed trailer here back a little while ago,” explained Hilton McCauley. “I was on the PTA for school two and we wanted speed bumps in the road and it just wasn't feasible for city life.”

Troy police and city officials said it’s not feasible because plows and emergency vehicles needs to get through. Troy police said it can also be about perception. They said 30 mph on a narrow city street at times can look a lot faster.

Police said they will consider placing a speed trailer on the street to gather data and see if speed really is a problem. In the meantime, Hilton McCauley has a message for drivers.

“Slow down, please think of all the people ou. All the pedestrians, it could be a child or an older woman or older adult who can't move as fast,” said Hilton McCauley.

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Emily De Vito

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