Speed trailer on Iroquois Road
Neighbors complain traffic cameras on a main drag detour drivers on to their residential street.
Now a child from that street is recovering after a car hit him.
A 10News viewer let us know about neighbors' concerns.
The accident is still under investigation. It happened Friday on Iroquois Road in Oak Ridge, a street connecting Illinois Avenue to Robertsville Road.
"Tires screeching and I instantly knew that someone was hit," Tara Harvey remembered.
The someone was Tara and Jeremy Harvey's son, Isaac.
The seven year old was enjoying fall break, riding a bicycle in front of his house.
"That x over there is where the bicycle landed," Jeremy Harvey said, pointing out a marking police investigators made on the street.
Oak Ridge Police have not yet determined if speed was a factor in the wreck on the steep hill that sent Isaac to UT Medical Center on Lifestar helicopter.
But officers set up a speed trailer at the accident site Monday morning, just before Isaac came home from the hospital.
"You can barely see the cars they go so fast," longtime Iroquois Road resident Mary Webb said.
Tara Harvey said the steep hill means drivers must pay attention to keep from exceeding the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit.
"From the time you turn on to the road from Illinois you have to keep your foot on the brake to stay at 25," she said.
Neighbors said they see lots of speeders on Iroquois.
And they said they've noticed more cars since traffic cameras were installed on Illinois to detect red light runners and speeders.
"They can dodge the cameras, traffic cameras, using this street," Webb explained.
Oak Ridge Police Chief David Beams said drivers taking Iroquois as a way to avoid cameras on Illinois doesn't make sense to him because there's another speed camera at the end of that road.
Isaac's parents just want the speeding to stop, no matter why people are on this road.
"We're going to try to put in motion about maybe getting some speed humps on this road," Tara Harvey said.
Mary Webb had another suggestion. "They need to have more police enforcement on this road right here. I would say this is the worst road in Oak Ridge for speeding," she said.
As for Isaac... "He is on the road to recovery. Going to be back in school soon with all his friends," his mother said.
Neighbors said they planned to bring him cookies and presents to ease his recovery.
Police say it's unclear if the driver will face any charges until their investigation is complete.