LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two young lives were lost on a stretch of highway. One victim was just 17 years old.
"It was horrible, absolutely horrible," Cynthia Curry said. Her backyard is directly in front of where the crash happened.
It was 2:30 Saturday morning. Elissa Greenwell was driving a SUV down Greenbelt Highway just past Greenwood road.
"We didn't hear any screeching it's like no one even braked at all. It was just a loud bang," Michael Bryant, another neighbor recalled.
Police say the other 31-year-old driver was going the wrong way on the road when he crashed into the teen. Police believe he was drunk.
"It hurt so many people, so many. And it could have been avoided," Curry said.
Neighbors say they've seen crashes here before. This latest tragedy has left them on edge. They are worried about a crash hitting even closer to home.
"They could have just barreled into a neighbor's house or just one of our houses and like I said, there's no protection for us other than our fences," Bryant explained.
There are no guard rails or no barrier walls for this neighborhood. The sounds of birds chirping has been replaced by the echoes of highway traffic.
Curry's sister had just moved on the block.
"Don't want to live here no more after she's seen that. We've just been here three weeks and she's ready to leave," Curry said.
Bryant tells his son to watch for cars when playing in their back yard. He had to explain the tragedy to him while trying to cope with it himself.
"Having a child of my own, scares me to death," he said.
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