Residents of north Oak Cliff neighborhood call out frequent speeding after deadly crash

Tray Ling

Residents of a neighborhood in north Oak Cliff are calling for more speed enforcement on their streets after a 48-year-old man who was riding a lawn mower was fatally hit by a car that went off of the roadway, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports. The man, whom police have identified as […]

Residents of a neighborhood in north Oak Cliff are calling for more speed enforcement on their streets after a 48-year-old man who was riding a lawn mower was fatally hit by a car that went off of the roadway, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports.

The man, whom police have identified as Armando Leija Esparza, who WFAA said was a gardener, was working with his son near the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue when the crash occurred, the station reported.

Police told WFAA that a two-vehicle crash involving a black pickup and a blue sedan caused the car to veer off of the road and hit Esparza, who was riding a lawn mower, WFAA reported.

Both Esparza and the 22-year-old driver of the car were taken to the hospital, and Esparza died, WFAA reported. Police have not released the name of the car’s driver.

Investigators said they believe the car was speeding, WFAA reported. Neighbors told the station that cars frequently speed in the area and that they want the Dallas City Council to take measures to slow vehicles down.

“You can see people speeding right now,” resident Emily Johnson told the station. “I think the speed limit is only 30 or 35, and it’s pretty regular for people to go 55, 60, or 70.”

In a social media post earlier this week, Dallas City Council member Chad West, who represents the neighborhood, said Esparza’s death was a tragedy “that never should have happened,” and agreed that safety improvements are needed, WFAA reported.

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