Family fed up with drivers crashing into cars

Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 19:10:09-04

One Boca Raton family is fed up and looking for help.

The Plesencia family says they've had 5 of their own cars damaged in less than 2 years.

They say drivers are losing control on the road in front their apartment, and they want the city to make safety improvements.

It was a surreal sight sunday morning for Nayibis Plasencia.

"I fell asleep and you just hear a bang," said Nayibis. She woke to find her car smashed in her apartment building parking lot.

According to Boca Raton Police, drunk driver heading down SW 2nd Avenue lost control where the road curves into SW 7th Street.  The driver crashed into 2 of the Plasencia's cars.

Both were parked legally in their apartment building's lot.

"It's frustrating because we're paying for things that it isn't our fault," said Nayansi Plasencia, Nayibis' sister.

And this isn't the first time this has happened.

People speed through here because there's nothing to stop them. Yes there's the signs, but there is no speed bumps. There's no traffic lights," said Nayansi.

The Plasencia family says this weekend makes the third time they’ve had theirs family's cars damaged by a late night driver who lost control around the bend and crashed into the lot. Five of their cars have been damaged in total.

They think that the late night drivers use the road as a short cut to avoid cops on Palmetto Parkway.

The family says it has reached out to the city multiple times for help, but so far that has gone no where.

The city says any sort of traffic calming measures have to be initiated by the residents, a process that includes several steps.

The City says it only had a record of the property manager calling and that there was no indication that the property manager wanted to initiate the traffic calming process.

The City says it has been in touch with the family Monday to tell them what they need to do to get that process started.

The Plasencias just hope the safety improvements come before an innocent bystander gets injured.

"They tell me oh they're going to do a survey of the streets and then they don't do anything. Now this is the third time. I feel like they're waiting for a fatality to occur," said Nayanci.