News 5 Investigates

Aug 4, 2014 8:51 PM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Traffic enforcement at Bijou and Murray following fatal accident

After a speeding driver hit and killed a young boy and severely injured his father at the intersection of Murray and Bijou last month, News 5 Investigates is looking into traffic violations at that intersection.

Ishaq Hameed, 5, was killed instantly. His father, Raphael, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and did survive.

The suspect, Xyrjah Goldston, 21, is charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Police say she was speeding around a curve when she lost control of her vehicle, slamming into a boulder before spinning out and hitting the young boy and father who were walking along the sidewalk.

More than a dozen accidents were recorded at this particular location in the past two years.

The City's chief engineer said they would look into safety concerns there to determine whether any modifications needed to be made.

The City's senior traffic engineer released this statement to News 5 Monday afternoon:

"I have reviewed the accident history and determined that there is no trend for any particular type of accident that would warrant design or safety changes to the intersection. The number of accidents is well within the acceptable level for this size intersection. We are asking motorists to drive the posted speed limit."

Meanwhile, News 5 pulled enforcement statistics from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Two weeks following the tragic accident, police officers issued 20 tickets at that intersection.

A fifth of those citations were for speeding.

To view an itemized breakdown of tickets written, click here:

CSPD Tickets.pdf

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