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Raleigh homeowner calls for change after sixth car crashes into home

Posted August 15
Updated August 16

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— A Raleigh homeowner is calling for action once again after a car crashed into his home for the sixth time since 2007.

Carlo Bernarte said drivers on New Hope Road have crashed into his home on Fawn Glen Drive in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and, most recently, early Saturday morning.

"From all the past accidents until now, I just feel numb," he said.

Two of the crashes have been fatal.

Bernarte said he is scared for his family and furious that more has not been done to protect his home. His oldest son, Carl, was 3 years old at the time of the first crash.

"Two accidents ago, in 2013, a stop sign flew toward the window, and then 2015 happened in the den," Carl Bernarte said. "I'm really nervous to go to sleep because I don't know what's going to happen in the middle of the night. You never know."

Since the fifth crash in October, reflective markers have been added to the pavement, reflective inserts have been added to the existing guardrail and speed-activated LED chevron lights have been installed. But officials admit the LED lights have not worked properly.

Bernarte wants the guardrail extended, which would involve closing off access to New Hope Road from Fawn Glen Drive.

City leaders say they are working with the state Department of Transportation on future options that could include a modification.

Bernarte says he is hopeful, but skeptical.

"I'm so glad too, but you know, how many times are you going to be lucky?" he said.

Bernarte said he has not been able to sell his home because of its history.

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  • Kyle Clarkson Aug 18, 2:45 p.m.
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    One of the essential job functions of traffic engineers is to provide safe transportation channels. If a an accident happens over and over again at a certain area, traffic engineers must fix it. Driving fast and and intoxication is no excuse for excessive accidents.

  • Chris Redshaw Aug 16, 5:12 p.m.
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    I'm sorry I misunderstood. I'm just so sorry this has happened yet AGAIN. And it will continue to happen. And what happens when one of his kids is in that room next time, or on the porch? I have put a petition together... it may not do anything, but I don't want this family to give up, and I don't want this community to give up on them and allow the city to fail them. We are taxpayers, we pay for a lot of things that are nonsense... in my opinion, fixing this issue, I have no problem with. http://chn.ge/2bg9mC1

  • J.D. Howell Aug 16, 2:15 p.m.
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    i actually work and respond to this intersection,, ive seen way more than most and absolutely fear for their safety. The point im trying to convey is since the city and state are slow to offer resolve, look deeper into the problem. You kill a snake by chopping off its head, not its tail a little at a time.

  • Skip Harris Aug 16, 2:04 p.m.
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    At this point wouldn't it be cheaper and easier for the city/state to buy this house, demolish it, and put in a natural buffer to more safely catch these cars instead of making extensive and expensive modifications to the roadway? Maybe I'm missing something.

  • Chris Redshaw Aug 16, 1:45 p.m.
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    How is this family supposed to accomplish that? Yes, people breaking the law are causing this, but the effect of that could be deadly for this family, living in a home that the city approved, in an home that has been hit at LEAST 11 times since being built. Would you be okay living there or allowing a loved one to live there? What are they to do? Sure, the fault lies with the drivers going too fast or drunk... but if the city cannot fix an area where this has happened so many times over and over again, resulting in 4 deaths so far... someone should do right by this family. And it won't be the drivers or their families. Carlo has asked for various solutions and each one has been shot down time and again over the years. It is totally up to the city and the DOT to make this safer. It's so sad that we live in a world where people just wipe their hands and say "sorry, not my job" and pass the buck.

  • Erika Phipps Aug 16, 1:36 p.m.
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    Raleigh should be ashamed of how its powers-that-be have treated this situation. It's embarrassing the capital of our state has let this problem get worse, laying the groundwork for an excellent and quite valid lawsuit. I bet the kids have PTSD, and the parents' blood pressure is through the roof. Shame, shame on Raleigh!

  • Kathy Bundy Aug 16, 1:29 p.m.
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    This family's situation is like a nightmare. They've lost their homeowner's insurance, they haven't been able to sell their home, and people literally are injured or die in their front yard. Not only is this family in constant danger, but cars turning out of the subdivision onto New Hope Rd. run the risk of being taken out by an out-of-control vehicle coming around the curve. This situation has been untenable for many years and something must be done by the city and/or DOT.

  • J.D. Howell Aug 16, 1:28 p.m.
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    Unfortunately each crash was the result of excessive speed, and or driving while impaired. Think of the number of vehicles that pass through that area successfully. Its not really a DOT problem if you really think about it,,,,its a driver problem. Dont speed and dont drive intoxicated!!!! I do hope the family gets some kind of protection and or buyout.

  • Chris Redshaw Aug 16, 11:22 a.m.
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    I read that his insurance company has now cancelled his homeowner's insurance and he is ready to just give up the home. Something has to be done and this family shouldn't have to come out of pocket and take such a tremendous loss like this. Not much of a "petition" person, but thinking of creating one to send to the Mayor and Governor. Not like it would help, but we can't sit idly by and watch the city do this to one of our neighbors, in my opinion. I'm so upset that they have yet to provide a remedy for this family after all these years.

  • Gail Dragon Aug 16, 10:47 a.m.
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    I agree, the city approved this plan, the solution lies in their hands and their pocketbook.

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