|Published:||Feb 04, 2013 10:55 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 04, 2013 11:59 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla -- An East Naples woman says she and her neighbors have tried, unsuccessfully, for more than a decade to get semi trucks to stop driving through her neighborhood.
Last week FHP released the crash report of a fatal hit and run last fall on Estey Avenue. It reveals the driver of an Oakes Farms semi truck hit and killed 48 year old Robin Wallace.
"I think God put me on earth to make a little bit of a difference," says Denise Rupert.
Rupert has lived on Estey Avenue for nearly 20 years. She's spent more than half that time fighting to get semi trucks off her street. "I can hear them when they're at the stop sign. Sometimes 10 a.m., sometimes 7 a.m. They use that route on a regular basis."
In September, Wallace was hit and killed while riding her bike. After a four month investigation FHP officials name the driver, Jon Price, a semi driver for Oakes Farms.
But, Denise says that accident hasn't kept trucks from driving down Estey. She snapped this picture from her home, just a few weeks ago.
"I don't want to see another living creature die. I don't care if it's a possum. I don't want to see anything else die on this street," says Rupert.
Over the last twelve years, Rupert says she's complained to the Sheriff's Office, county leaders, even Oakes Farms and nothing has changed. She even made calls, three weeks before Wallace was killed.
Wallace's husband John filed a lawsuit against Oakes Farms in mid January claiming the driver was negligent when he drove a semi truck onto Estey Avenue despite posted signs prohibiting trucks over one ton.
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