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Accidents common at site where boy was killed by speeding car

July 9, 2014 Updated: July 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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Daphne Williams pays her respects at a memorial for Isahaq Hameed, 7, who was killed when a car crashed off the road at the intersection of Bijou Street and Murray Boulevard while walking with his father Tuesday. Williams, who was at the scene when the crash happened, placed a stuffed dog at the memorial site for Hameed Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

A small pile of plastic fragments of a car reflector and a large displaced rock were the only signs on Wednesday night of a crash that killed a young boy and seriously injured his father the night before.

A white cross and a Superman figurine were surrounded by pile of stuffed animals that had been laid over a bed of rocks at the crash site.

Isahaq Hameed and his father, 51-year-old Raphael Hameed, were struck by a speeding car while they walked on a sidewalk in southeast Colorado Springs around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night, ,police said.

Police reported that Isahaq was approximately 7 years old.

A white 1990 BMW sedan had struck the pair near Bijou Street and Murray Boulevard, pinning the child against the fence in front of the Lionstone Apartment complex, according to court documents.

Police said the boy was pronounced dead on scene. His father remained in serious condition Wednesday, said police Lt. Catherine Buckley.

The elder Hameed suffered multiple fractures, a ruptured spleen, and had to have part of his right leg amputated, court documents state.

He might have died if not for bystanders who applied a tourniquet to his leg, said Daniel Ramburg, who along with two other men, held the man down while he stemmed the flow of blood with a belt.

"I kept him from bleeding out," Ramburg said. "We wrapped a belt around his leg until the fire department showed up."

Ramburg, the son of a volunteer firefighter, said the man's leg was almost completely severed. He was working inside a nearby liquor store when he heard screeching tires and a loud bag.

He said he came out and found a man bleeding in the parking lot. Several feet away, a white car had jumped the curb, and was lying on a bed of rocks.

"The car was sitting up here at an angle," said Ramburg, motioning with his hands. "All the tires were flat."

The car had hit a large boulder, and split it half, he said.

A young boy was lying near the front of the car, he said.

"I reached down to feel his pulse," Ramburg said. "There was nothing there.

"His face was completely blue."

Ramburg said he walked back over the man, who regained consciousness as he turned him over.

A woman and a young child had gotten out of the car. The woman was "bawling her eyes out," he said.

Several feet to the right of the memorial, a fence was smashed in, from an accident that Ramburg said had occurred earlier in the week.

"Somebody said it was truck," he said. "People come down that road flying all the time."

On Wednesday night, Ann Brown, a resident at the Lionstone Apartment complex, slid through the gaping hole in the fence where the metal bars had been bent.

"A shortcut," she said. "They just fixed it," she said. "You're in danger just by standing here."

Another resident, Mia Miller said drivers don't pay attention on the street and jaywalking is common in the area.

"There's always people going like 50 (mph) on this road," she said.

Bus stops are on either side of the short stretch of curving road where the crash happened. Car tires screeched as a southbound car took the curve too fast.

In the last three months, the number of accidents in the area has exceeded the amount of crashes reported in all of last year.

There have been nine crashes at the intersection of Bijou Street and Murray Boulevard since the beginning of the year. Seven of those crashes have occurred since May, police said.

Last year, six accidents were reported in the area.

The driver of the BMW, 21-year-old Xyrjah Bernice Goldston, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, police said. According to her arrest affidavit, she was allegedly driving more than 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. She admitted to speeding, court documents state.

According to investigators, her car was travelling northbound on Murray Boulevard and approaching the curve when it travelled into the southbound lanes. Goldston attempted to overcorrect, when she lost control of her vehicle careened off the side of the road, where it struck the boy and his father.

Three passengers in Goldston's vehicle, awoman and two juveniles, were hospitalized with minor injuries, Buckley said.

Goldston remained in custody Wednesday at the El Paso County jail on $10,000 bond, records show.

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