Liverpool (WSYR-TV) -- A brick sign outside a quiet town of Clay neighborhood has been taken out twice by two different drivers and now, weeks later, the rubble left behind still hasn’t been cleaned up.
In the middle of the night, a suspected drunk driver plowed into the brick sign that leads into the Forest Hills section of Liverpool. That was February. In mid-July another alleged drunk driver slams into the sign on the other side of the entrance. On Friday, Chuck Besaw is still greeted by a pile of bricks, broken glass, car parts, even a can of beer left behind in his front yard.
“We had to get two estimates to clean up the debris, two estimates to repair our fence and two estimates to take care of the landscaping. I have my own business. I don't have time to be getting estimates,” said Besaw.
Even after the debris is cleared, Chuck will likely face his neighbor's dilemma. Five months later, she's still waiting for the wall near her home to actually get fixed.
“My daughter sleeps in that bottom room so, with nothing there, it is dangerous,” said Nicole Amo, who is also waiting for repairs.
Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski told Newschannel 9 that the work is not the town's responsibility, but: "We are currently working with the motorist's insurance companies to obtain repair estimates for both walls. The process takes time as there are reports to be requested and paperwork to be processed, but we are working diligently to get the repairs completed."
Chuck says in the past decade he's dealt with six accidents in his front yard. He says whatever the town has to do, whatever the cost, he wants the wall rebuilt.
“If that brick wall wasn't there, that person would have landed right in our house. You know, I have four kids that live here still and I want to make sure that they are safe when they lay down at night,” Besaw said.
Town officials say the fact that DWI charges were involved with both of those crashes only complicates the insurance claims. There’s no timeline yet as to when they may be replaced, if at all.