MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) – A young boy’s family is speaking out three years after he was hit and badly injured by a speeding car outside his home.
In 2014, 9-year-old Damien Long was hit on Gifford Road when he was riding his bike with friends. Neighbors and his parents said since the accident, drivers still have not slowed down despite multiple warnings.
"I've been doing good. I have to go to an eye appointment because my eye been hurting," Damien said.
Damien still has some pain near his eye where he was severely injured, but has since recovered well. However, his parents are concerned what happened to him three years ago, could happen again.
Neighbor Terry Wade said the county judge lowered the speed limit from 25 to 15 miles per hour after the accident, but drivers have not let up.
“It’s a cut through road and people use this as a cut through instead of using the main road,” Wade said. “They average anywhere from 30 to 40 mph."
After the accident three years ago, the parents put up their own signs telling people children are at play. Wade said since those signs were put up, people have run them over or stole them.
“When we holler at them, we holler please slow down, but they don't do it. They speed up," Wade said.
Sheriff Mike Cash with the Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office said it has two deputies per shift to patrol over 650 square miles.
"We go out there as much as we can, it's just that we don't have the man power to station somebody out there," Cash said.
Cash said it makes it hard to control the problem with so few deputies.
Although the problem may be hard to fix, Damien has one big message for drivers on Gifford Road.
"Look out for the signs and don't speed down our road. It's 15 mph," Damien said.