Norton Avenue’s blind hill needs speed bump nowx

I am writing to express my outrage at the City of Everett for ignoring the dangerous blind hill on Norton Avenue. Just days ago, there was another crash and this time, I was one of the victims.

The reckless driver gunned his car up Norton Hill from Grand Avenue, estimated speed 60 to 70 miles per hour, lost control of his vehicle and almost hit an Amazon employee crossing the street at the top of the hill. Luckily, she heard him coming and was able to jump out of the way. The driver then hit three parked cars, one of which I was sitting in. Of course, it totaled all the cars. And for a brief moment, I was sure I would be totaled, as well. The reckless driver’s car ended upside down in the street. The driver and his passenger were taken away by ambulance.

For years, our neighborhood has seen numerous accidents, one of which was a fatal accident of a family just backing out of their driveway. How many more wrecks have to happen before the city installs a speed bump to discourage people from trying to “catch some air” as they race up Norton Hill? I understand that a speed bump is not a “good fix” for the blind hill. But until the City can obtain funding for the engineering and construction needed for a “good fix,” a speed bump at the top of the hill would certainly stop reckless drivers from speeding and trying to “catch air” on the hill.

Our neighborhood is scared to walk our sidewalks, let our kids play outside, pull out of our driveways, or leave our vehicles parked on the street. Please consider this a written plea on record for the city to make appropriate changes before the next unnecessary accident or death.

Carol DuVall

Everett

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