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December 18, 2012

Danvers residents raise traffic concerns

DANVERS — On the afternoon of Oct. 3, two vehicles were traveling west on North Street toward Route 1 when the vehicle in front seemed to want to take a left onto Summer Street, police Chief Neil Ouellette said.

The second vehicle moved right to pass, but at the last moment, the lead car took a right onto Rogers Road. The SUV in back wound up running off North Street and smack dab into the home of Michael and Amy Kasprzak at 105 North St.

The Toyota 4Runner somehow missed a fire hydrant on the corner, drove over some ground bushes, grazed a large burning bush shrub in the front yard, took out a section of fence to the backyard, then hit the side of the home, where the bedroom of the Kasprzaks’ 10-year-old daughter is located. The crash sent a section of drywall and some kids’ furniture flying inside, though the SUV did not penetrate the building. Tire tracks gouged into the front lawn are still visible.

“If she had been in her room, it very well would have startled her,” Amy said of her daughter.

Michael said the vehicle was going faster than 40 mph in a section of the street marked 30 mph. North Street sits not far from the Putnamville Reservoir, and it serves as a major cut-through to and from Route 1 and Interstate 95 to the west, and Route 35 and downtown to the east. Amy, whose family includes a 6-year-old son in addition to her daughter, said it was lucky their kids were not playing in the yard at the time.

Michael says in the past decade, five vehicles have crashed onto properties on North Street, winding up in yards or striking fences in addition to hitting his house. Those properties encompass every corner of the intersection of Rogers Road, Summer and North streets.

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