Dumb and Dangerous Driving-July 5, 2005

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 at 11:00, July 5, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--People are flying through a local neighborhood, and one woman says high speeds took the life of her pet.

Now, she's taking action to remind drivers that Central Avenue isn't a main road where you can drive in the 40s and 50s. It's a place where people, and their pets, call home.

Julia Nwakor lives there and the animals she calls her babies. But, one evening, one of those babies got out. And he would never return.

"He was laying right here." Julia said, pointing to the pavement in front of her house. Her cat was hit by a car, and she found him struggling to survive.

"I pulled in, grabbed him, and went to the emergency vet. He died there." She said.

Now, the animal lover is putting up signs across the area, and she's trying to get drivers to slow down.

"People speed all the time. Nobody pays attention to the limit, which is 35." She said.

News 12's radar caught people driving in the upper 40s, and even at 50 miles per hour. That is 15 miles over the posted speed.

Julia says "sometimes when you try to get in your driveway, they almost hit you." And everytime that happens, it brings back memories. Whenever she sees someone flying by her house, she remembers the loss of her cat.

Julia says she will keep posting flyers, and doing whatever it takes to make Central Avenue a safer place.


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  • by Sherry Location: Columbia SC on Aug 10, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    All I can say is WHERE IS THE LAW?!?! (We have the same problem in Columbia) EATING DOUGHNUTS SOMEWHERE -- THEY NEED TO START DOING THEIR JOB & START SHOWING THEIR FACES ON OUR STREETS "ALL" THE TIME & DRIVERS WILL CATCH ON! AND IF THEY DON'T THEY'LL KEEP GETTING SPEEDING TICKETS. I KNOW IT WOULD MAKE ME SLOW DOWN!
  • by Jennifer Location: Grovetown on Jul 10, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    I take my daugher to my moms house on Colonial Rd in Martinez and people just fly through that neigborhood its crazy.. We have had two DRUNK drivers crash in front of my moms house because they did not slow down. One of them hit our mailbox and a neigbors car and the other RAN INTO MY sister in laws car while it was parked in front of my moms house!! IT WAS PARKED!! They have come through with a petition but still nothing has been done!! How do we get help from here!!
  • by Julia on Jul 9, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    Thank you for doing a story on Mouko. Mouko means a lot to us and is dearly missed. I miss his love for running water: he would go into the shower while it was running; I came home a few times to find the faucet, in the sink, on. He loved to swim, also. I miss him insisting on holding my neck and showering me with kisses. I miss a lot about him. Mouko taught me to respect animals more: for one, I became vegetarian because of him. My heart will always be with him: it is amazing how one who never spoke a human "word" can teach you so much. Rest in peace, my son.
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