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City closes Raleigh intersection after 6 cars crash into home

Posted January 31

— With around 200 homes in Raleigh’s Brookstone community, the neighborhood has several entrances. But because of continued accidents involving one family’s house, the subdivision will now have one less.

Six times over the past decade, drivers have lost control on a sharp curve on New Hope Road and have slammed into Carlo Bernarte’s home. Two of the accidents were fatal.

“It destroyed my entire living room and parts of the second floor,” Bernarte said.

Bernarte said he, his wife, and his children lost sleep, each night living in fear that another driver would lose control and kill them.

When it gets darker, he said there’s always that possibility.

Transportation officials have installed guardrails, LED lights and warning signs to no avail.

As a last resort, they're now shutting down the intersection and extending the guardrail.

Transportation officials describe the debate over whether to close the intersection as one of safety versus convenience.

But the grinding of a jackhammer brings a big smile to the face of Bernarte.

“It’s really a big deal for me and my family, it was like really a fight,” he said.

The closure cuts off a busy access point to the Brookstone community, funneling all that traffic onto a road that resident and home owner association board member Melissa Rambarran said can’t handle it.

“There’s already a lot of congestion there with buses but it’s very dangerous because it’s a high traffic area,” Rambarran said.

Rambarran argues homeowners weren’t given enough notice, and she has doubts the closure will solve the problem.

“The issue isn’t vehicles coming in and out of the entrance point it’s because of the curve on New Hope so his concern is still there that vehicles will still end up in his home,” she said.

But Bernarte said he’ll be sleeping better.

“We can use our living room we can actually watch TV sitting in my living room or in the dining room from a distance and we don’t have that thing going through our mind every time nighttime falls,” he said.

The HOA has threatened legal action to halt construction here and is circulating a petition.

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  • Jim Dunn Feb 6, 2017
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    The house was there first. This problem started when the widened New Hope road back in the early 90s. The widened road and limited access in that area allows vehicles to go faster and then they can't make the turn.

    Not sure if this fix will work as the vehicles are still going to crash there anyway, except now they will be flipping across the yard instead of rolling through it.

  • Jason Merrill Feb 1, 2017
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    So glad I was able to find a nice neighbourhood that does not have a stupid HOA that can set rules on how my property is/should be maintained. Until they pay my mortgage they would have no say in anything relating to my property.

  • Ken Ackerman Feb 1, 2017
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    I had heard a story some years back about a similar situation. The homeowner wanted to build a sturdy barricade to stop the cars before they could hit his home. Law enforcement officials said that then he would be liable for any injuries. I couldn't find that story but I did find one about a man in San Jose who's house has been hit 19 times.

  • Dean Morron Feb 1, 2017
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    Hooray for the homeowner. Finally, after six crashes into his home, he has a little peace of mind and safety for his family.
    As for the neighbors and the HOA wanting to sue the city because of the road closure .... I offer this solution, have each member wanting to sue live at this house and camp out in his living room for a week, and of course re-open the road.
    I'm wondering just how many neighbors would be willing to put their family in the same danger this homeowner ha been through ??? Just a thought !!!

  • Ed Ray Feb 1, 2017
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    Well The HOA has no standing it is a public road that the city of Raleigh owns. Does the HOA want to start paying to maintain the roads in the sub division, by all means do so . It will save us tax payers a little bit of money. And when it happens again the man owning that house can sue the HOA and not the city where the tax payer will have to pay the lawsuit. Thanks Talias

  • Betsey Duggins Jan 31, 2017
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    The homeowners are long overdue for this fix. May it be spectacular and work like a gem! One cannot put a monetary price on safety and security. May you begin sleeping like never before!
    For the neighbors, cry me a river. So what if you are a little inconvenienced by driving a a little extra to use another entrance? Get the City to reduce the residential speed or get involved with positive outcomes. Your neighborhood is only as good as the concern for your neighbors.
    200 homes and you are clueless about this action until the jackhammers arrive? Give me a break...better yet, go to the family, shake their hand and wish them well. They deserve it!

  • John Archer Jan 31, 2017
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    The City of Raleigh doesn't close down a street entrance lightly. It's not something that you can call them and ask and they come right out to do it. It was obviously a dangerous curve, and extending the guardrail over the entrance street might help. Only time will tell.

  • Chris Redshaw Jan 31, 2017
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    Michael, it's Talis Management (the HOA)

  • Michael Evans Jan 31, 2017
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    Sounds like the company that oversees our HOA. Not sure if they have a company or if it's the homeowners, but I've had a hard time with my HOA mgmnt company not listening to our needs and only doing what they want to do and not what the homeowners want.

  • Chris Redshaw Jan 31, 2017
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    The HOA knew about this the entire time! They knew about the city meeting in October since it was the actual homeowner's association meeting! People were asked for suggestions so this family could live in safety, and now the HOA wants to start a petition? I've had personal emails with the HOA and this is the first I've heard that they are suddenly upset??? If they halt this construction and the next crash does worse than the last 6, I can't even imagine the lawsuit against the people that stopped the only viable solution to keep this family safe in a home that should have never been built in the first place. We got over 30K signatures on our petition... plenty of people in this town are ready to fight for the right thing to be done. Homeowner's shouldn't live in fear through no fault of their own, nor should they ever be bullied. HOA, YOU guys buy the house if you don't have a better solution. Ball... your court.