After hit-and-run, neighbors sound alarm about speeders

MIDDLEBURG, Fla.-- A Middleburg woman is sounding the alarm about speeders as her neighbor fights for his life after a hit-and-run.

She said it's a serious problem along County Road 218 and the weekend accident only highlights the issue.

"It's scary," said Anne Chrisman, who's lived along CR 218 for eight years.

"I'm surprised with the speeding that goes on down through here," she said.

On Saturday, 43-year-old Kevin Michael Helm was found lying near a ditch not far away on Hibiscus Avenue after a hit-and-run. The Florida Highway Patrol found the vehicle. At last check, Helm was listed in critical condition.

Chrisman put up a fence three years ago after her dog was hit and killed by a car.

"The people didn't even stop," she said. "They were going about 60 when they hit him."

First Coast News decided to break out a radar gun and put drivers to the test.

The speed limit along Chrisman's stretch of 218 is 45 miles per hour.

We clocked 12 drivers. Of those 12 drivers, five, or 41 percent, were going faster than the speed limit. The first passing car was clocked at 45 mph; the twelfth was going 52 mph.

"I would like to see a little more police presence out here, slowing people down," she said.

Mary Justino, with the Clay County Sheriff's office, told FCN they've been enforcing traffic laws in that area on a regular basis.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, on CR 218 in Middleburg, the CCSO has issued 60 warning citations and 120 traffic tickets, records show.

"Just slow down and do the speed limit before somebody gets killed," Chrisman said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the FHP at (904) 359-6572.


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