10 News helps Polk family with 'dangerous' road

Davenport, Florida — After a hit-and-run driver slammed a truck into a Davenport family's car and their home early Sunday, nearly killing two children, 10 News took action.

Christian MacDonald lives on Cottonwood Drive in Polk County, a street he calls dangerous and says vehicles have crashed into his home three times over the years.

"I don't feel safe on the road. I think the county needs to do something on this bend here. There's not even signs," he said.

Because of a 10 News story on the hit-and-run driver, the Davenport family is getting results from the county.

"We're looking out to see what caused this crash," said Polk County Traffic manager Amy Gregory. "There's not a sign marking the curve, which is pretty standard, so we plan on putting a curve warning sign in."

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Gregory says that a sign will be installed in a few days, but that leaves the question of why there weren't road signs already.

"We do depend on calling in and pointing out problems that might occur," Gregory said, citing the 2,700 miles of road for which the county is responsible.

Gregory says her office had no record of any previous traffic problem on this road, "because we would have been out here before doing something about it," she said.

But Gregory is not just putting in a sign, she's issuing a traffic study for the road as well.

"We can help law enforcement," Gregory said. "We can see what the speeds are, and tell them the worst time of day and that can help them."

In the meantime, MacDonald says he is going to take the shell of a car that saved his kids' lives and move it to the road with a warning saying, "This is what happens when you speed down this curve."

"If it wasn't for you guys, this wouldn't have happened today and as fast," MacDonald said. "Now we're just looking forward to the near future to see how they're going to protect us a little bit more on this side."

Polk deputies are looking for a silver or light-colored, extended cab 2000 Dodge Ram. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the sheriff's office at 863-298-6200.

If you'd like to help the family rebuild, you can head here to donate:http://www.gofundme.com/alktaw.

This is how residents can report a dangerous street in their area:

-- Citrus County

-- Hernando County

-- Hillsborough County

-- Manatee County

-- Pasco County

-- Pinellas County

-- Polk County

-- Sarasota County

Click here to donate to the MacDonald family

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