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Moncrief Road house a target for oncoming traffic, residents say

10:16 PM, Nov 24, 2012   |    comments
Car strikes house on Moncrief Road and drives into bedroom
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla--- A house on Moncrief Road has been struck by cars several times, according to local residents. New homeowners experienced this recurring problem for the first time Friday.

"It sounded like a bomb had hit outside," said Annie Hayes, victim.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday, Annie Hayes says she was laying in bed with her five-month-old Goddaughter.

"When the car hit it just threw her, us, on the other side of the room," Hayes said.

Hayes and the baby were tossed out of bed; the glass headboard completely shattered, the bedroom door knocked off its hinges, the room itself looked like it had been struck by a tornado.

"It's one of the scariest things that have ever happened," Hayes said.

Hayes and her daughter Celestine Miller say a white car with what appeared to be four teenagers inside drove off Moncrief road and straight into their house. No one inside the home was hurt, but Miller says some of the teens sustained injuries. Hayes just moved into the home recently, but neighbors say that this isn't the first time a car has struck that house.

"The house there on the corner seems like it's a target for the traffic to run through the fence," said Fletter Riley, the victim's neighbor.

Fletter Riley has lived across the street for 50 years and says she's seen this happen about four or five times recently.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has not answered requests for information on this incident or any previous incidents like this, but Riley says she's witnessed the former owner become a victim several times.

"Mainly they run through the fence and hit the fence and the owner had to replace it several times," Riley said.

The speed limit on Moncrief Road is 45 miles per hour, but residents believe drivers have lost control for going faster.

"We're undecided how we're going to do this when they keep saying cars keep coming through this bedroom," Hayes said.

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