To the Editor:
This morning, (Saturday) as we were getting ready to take our morning walk at 6:20 a.m., a white pickup truck narrowly missed hitting our neighbor on the south, as he was taking out his trash.
The truck ran up on the curb in our yard, took out the mailbox post, a shrub and trash can of the neighbor to the north, and the brick mailbox of the second house to the north.
The driver stopped momentarily, then sped off, leaving the scene.
There must have been some damage to the truck, unless it had a brush guard.
That street (the dividing line between Killeen and Harker Heights) is patrolled by the city of Killeen, even though those of us living on the east side of the street live in Harker Heights. I have personally appealed to the Harker Heights City Council and to the Killeen Police Department, but little has been done to control the speed, let alone intoxicated drivers every night.
The speed on North Roy Reynolds is 45 mph, but as you continue south and cross Veterans Memorial Boulevard, the speed on South Roy Reynolds drops to 30 mph and is also a 5-ton load-zoned road (most people continue to drive 40 to 50 mph).
Not only is the speed a problem, but commercial traffic that is supposed to be routed onto FM 2410 also use the road as a short cut, (drink distributors, moving vans, concrete and gravel trucks, etc.).
I have lived here 34 years and little has been done to control the speed and type of traffic in the last five years.
I guess it will take a fatality (as almost happened this morning) before any action is taken.
Dick D. Chapin