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SOUTH BEND, Ind – Neighbors in a South Bend neighborhood are speaking about the intersection of Lincolnway West and Diamond Avenue that they view as dangerous.  

“Cars come through here like it’s the Indy 500,” Neighbor Deirdre Janssen said.  

ABC57 obtained documents that shows there have been 13 known accidents at the intersection in the past three years, including one in June. 

Neighbor Christopher Davis witnessed one an accident at the Lincolnway West and Diamond Avenue intersection recently. 

“A Chevy Impala is the one that hit and ran that came off that road right there next to the church and he swerved into the traffic which he went under the truck that was originally here which sent the truck into the other vehicle that was coming towards him which made them have a head-on collision,” Davis said. 

Neighbors said the stop sign at the intersection is simply not enough and they would like a stop light installed. 

ABC57 reached out to the South Bend Engineering Department that said concerned residents would have to file a complaint which would be reviewed along with accident reports and the street’s design to determine if a stop light is necessary.  

“I used to live about five blocks to the east and it usually wasn’t too bad over there but here this is a don’t let your kids play in the front let your kids play in the back kind of street,” Janssen said. 

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Tim 73 days ago
I recently moved over to lincoln way, my wife and I immediately noticed the driver's over here are stupid. They constantly blast through red lights, pass you using the bike lane, and try passing you at a red light on the shoulder when it turns green. They fly down Lincoln way at usually 15-20 mph over the speed limit.

It's not just the Diamond intersection, it's from downtown to Bendix! I've witnessed 3 accidents in front of my home in the last couple months and one broke a gas line, forcing us to leave our home for a few hours. Another I captured on a security camera. Never saw anything like this where I lived for 13 years in River Park. It's as if the residents here are lawless, without regard to peaceful citizens and their families who are trying to make it a better community.

I say put speed bumps on Lincoln way from downtown to Bendix. Problem solved. It won't bother me, and I gaurentee these people won't want to damage their wheels by flying down the road and hitting the speed bumps. Stop lights won't do anything unfortunately, they run the lights out here. You must force them to slow down.
K Tim 65 days ago
They'll just use the neighborhood streets to avoid the speed bumps like they already do to avoid the police
TimBrewer 80 days ago
Maybe Dead-end the south Side of the intersection, and force Northbound traffic to Lincolnway and Laporte where there is already a light. Is the problem really the intersection, or speeding drivers?
K TimBrewer 80 days ago
It's the speeding drivers and there impatient asses trying to get ahead of all the traffic on LW the reason the use Diamond most just do a rolling stop.
I travel LWW several times during the day and night and have witnessed this several times.
Police are worthless they're too busy guarding the gas station at LW and Adams or congregating at 7-11
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