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Fatal Land Park collision sparks concern over speeding

A fatal collision on Riverside Boulevard on Thursday has sparked communitywide dialogue among Land Park residents about how to improve road safety.

Some residents said they witnessed the accident and believe the driver was speeding in the neighborhood, which has a speed limit of 30 mph on most streets . Residents likely will discuss the issue Wednesday during the Land Park Community Association’s monthly community meeting, said President Mark Abrahams.

According to police, a Mercedes collided with a Toyota sedan as it turned onto Riverside Boulevard from Swanston Drive around 11 a.m. Thursday. The driver of the sedan, Linda Shaw, 66, was pronounced dead at a local hospital .

Shaw was riding with a male passenger in his 60s who was also taken to the hospital. His name has not been released . The driver of the Mercedes, whom police did not identify, also was in the hospital Tuesday. Police said Thursday that they suspected speeding was a factor in the accident. Toxicology results on the driver have not been returned.

Land Park resident Jim Jeffers was walking from Target with his wife Thursday when he noticed the Mercedes convertible speed past, heading north on Riverside Boulevard. Jeffers estimates it was moving at around 90 mph.

The collision sounded, “like a bomb went off,” he said. “It’s that sickening sound you hear when cars collide.”

Jeffers said neighbors ran to help the victims.

The affluent residential neighborhood contains several schools including Crocker Riverside Elementary, which is nearest to the scene of the accident.

“Reckless driving is just very, very concerning,” said Jeffers, mirroring the concerns of other residents, some of whom went to the Land Park Nextdoor social networking site to voice concerns about speeding and reckless driving in reaction to Thursday’s accident.

Abrahams said he would like to see increased signage or speed monitors in the area, but acknowledges that reckless driving incidents are difficult to prevent.

“We’re all outraged that this kind of thing can occur in a residential neighborhood,” he said. “If people are driving at excessive rates of speed and not stopping at signs or stoplights, what could be next? It’s hard to determine what you could actually do to prevent people from doing what just occurred.”