Bollards protecting the property of Pamela Hans were run down last week. (Photo by Pamela Hans)

by Pete Mazzaccaro

Pamela Hans and her family heard a loud bang at around 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. When they looked outside to see what had happened, they saw a wrecked silver sedan next to their property wall at the intersection of Evergreen Avenue and Navajo Street.

The intersection is a fairly tight curve that has been the scene of accidents in the past. Prior owners of Hans’s home once found that a car had plowed through the stone wall. The driver who had punched a hole through the wall managed to drive off.

The speed limit on the curve is posted at 15 mph.

Those owners installed five steel bollards outside the wall, all of which were plowed down by the silver sedan that was carrying four 20-somethings at the time of the accident. The driver was a local resident and Hans said she had his ID information but had yet to make a claim against the driver’s insurance for repairing the bollards.

“If it hadn’t been for the bollards, there’s no doubt the car would have crashed through the wall,” she said.

Hans said she hopes to get the city to install speed cushions on Evergreen similar to those currently on Mermaid Lane, Winston Road and East Gravers Lane.

“Everyone drives much too fast around that corner,” she said. She contacted the office of 8th District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass last week and is hoping the councilwoman’s office can help her get the speed cushions.

Pete Mazzaccaro can be reached at 215-248-8802 or

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