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Raleigh homeowner calls for change after sixth car crashes into home

Posted August 15, 2016 6:32 p.m. EDT
Updated August 16, 2016 10:34 a.m. EDT

— 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.