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After four crashes in or near his house, man pleads with city to slow traffic

Local officials have yet to reply to requests for signs, speed bumps

After four automobile accidents on his property the past two years, the most recent leaving his house uninhabitable, a California homeowner is pleading with officials to do something to make drivers slow down.

Early Easter morning, Jeff Sauerwein, his wife and their two children were sleeping in their Highland home when they heard a tremendous boom.

“We’re asleep in bed, and all of a sudden the house shakes," Sauerwein told CBS Los Angeles. "Sounds like a big explosion. We both jumped up. Me and my wife look at each other. We thought it was an earthquake.”

Apparently it was a car plowing into the side of the Sauerwein house. The driver left the car and ran off, jumping a fence, but was captured a short time later, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The crash marked the fourth time in two years a car crashed in or around their home. The home is located just before a "hard right turn."

“What’s it gonna take? For a car to hit my house or someone to die? Well, last Sunday someone hit my house. Thank God no one died,” Sauerwein told CBS Los Angeles.

He says he's called Highland city officials and asked them to add signs or speed bumps to the road, but he hasn't heard back.

"No response, no email, no callback; we’ve got nothing,” he told CBS Los Angeles.

We're sure it's small consolation, but the Sauerwein family isn't alone.

Over the past 30 years 11 cars have crashed into the McCall home in Indianapolis. In that case, the problem appears to be raised railroad tracks.

Rita Reith, public information officer for the Indianapolis Fire Department, told Yahoo Shine: "When people speed over the tracks, their cars go airborne, and when they try to control their vehicles, they veer right into the McCall home."

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