FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio - After a bicyclist was injured and a family pet killed by passing cars, neighbors living on Brookway Drive are complaining about a recent influx of traffic and speeders.
Fairview Park Police said the closure of nearby Mastick Road has led some people, mostly Fairview Park residents, to use Brookway as a short cut to detour around the closure. Police estimated the amount of traffic has doubled, turning a usually-quiet 25 mile per hour street into a busy thoroughfare.
"These people think it's not Brookway, it's Brook Raceway, and we gotta do something about it," neighbor Cliff Ramey said.
Wednesday, police said a bicyclist was stopped in the roadway, located near the MetroParks, when a driver hit him. Police said speed was not a factor, but sun glare was. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital but was expected to survive. On Saturday, a family's dog, Hershey, ran out of its house and was hit and killed by a driver who kept going, police said.
"It's awful," said Hershey's owner, Alejandro Giraldo. "Your pets are a member of your family... it's as if a child were hit and killed by a car."
The incidents have put neighbors on high alert. Fairview Park Police placed a speed trailer along the roadway to alert drivers of their speeds, and neighbors have put up their own signs warning drivers to "slow down." Police said they've stepped up speed enforcement in the area, citing 2 drivers and issuing 21 warnings since Tuesday.