Neighbors concerned about intersection after another crash

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 07:55:50-04

MILWAUKEE -- A man remains in critical condition Sunday after being thrown from his motorcycle during a crash with a car.

A neighbor at the intersection of Teutonia and Stark where it happened said she's sick of seeing people get hurt.

"Now this is what I've been complaining about," Ebony Staples said in a video recorded Saturday after the accident. "Motorcycle accident from the speeding on Teutonia," she described.

Staples' son Michael Love estimates he's seen 40 to 50 accidents since they've lived at the intersection. Last year, the family had to put out a fire on a truck that flipped into their front yard.

Milwaukee police report 16 accidents at the intersection from March 2009 to September 2015. Staples and her son feel speeding is to blame. The posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour, but Staples said she sees cars going nearly twice that.

"It's like four lanes of speeding traffic," she said. Especially, she added, for people trying to cross the street after getting off a bus stop at the intersection.

In the last ten years, cars hit two children within one mile of the intersection of Teutonia and Stark. In 2008, where Teutonia meets Congress St. In 2012, at Ruby Ave. In 2012, TODAY'S TMJ4 Speedbusters found traffic wasn't following posted signs.

Staples and her son are fed up. She has called her alderman in hopes something will change. She said they have sent out extra police patrols in the past, but those went away. She said she was told a traffic light couldn't go there due to the signal at Hampton Ave. But, she and Love had several alternative suggestions.

"Stop signs, speed bumps," suggested Love. Staples thought an electrical sign to show people their speed might convince them to slow down.

A call to the alderman wasn't immediately returned.