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A photo shows the scene after a fatal accident on Queen Street on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
In the wake of the death of a 35-year-old single mother last week in a speeding-related crash on Queen Street, Pottstown residents have had enough.
Nicole Benzenhafer, of Lower Pottsgrove was pronounced dead at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday at Reading Hospital as a result of injuries from the crash near the corner of Madison and Queen streets.The preliminary crash report from police indicated witnesses said the driver of the vehicle that struck Benzenhafer's vehicle was driving recklessly throughout the borough, blowing through multiple stop signs.
The petition reads, in part, "Enough is enough -- something needs to be done. To those who sign the petition, let this be a promise to abide by the rules of the road to help ensure safety on our streets. To those government officials with the power to make change -- LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF POTTSTOWN AND TAKE ACTION. MAKE OUR STREETS SAFE."
Jason Morris, who runs the Eye on Pottstown page, told council that when he bikes around town, drivers use the bikes lanes as turning lanes "and cuss you out when you're in their way."
"Everyone behaves like its a free-for-all" on borough roads, said Morris. "You're in your backyard, it's 10 p.m. at night, all you hear is motorcycles revving, tires squealing and people racing."
Darlene Bainbridge, who said she lives and works in town, said people speed on York Street all the time and recently, someone tailgated her, then passed her on the one-way street, when she was doing the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit.Lots of people ignore stop sign at East and Hanover streets. "Nobody stops there," she said, saying "i saw someone the other day just blow through it at full speed."