ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – An Antioch family who lost their son after he was killed by a hit-and-run driver is taking matters into their own hands by installing their own speed bumps, after the city said they don’t have enough money.
It has been nearly three weeks since 47-year-old Timothy Hudson was killed near West 11th and Medanos Streets. The suspected driver, 19-year-old Antioch resident Fredy Castaneda-Longoria, has been arrested.
Every day, Linda Hudson looks at the spray paint on the street in front of her home and thinks of her son.
“Over here is where his boot was and his baseball hat. And then these blue dots are where he drug him over here and he was laying in the middle of the street,” Linda Hudson told KPIX 5.
On May 11th, Timothy was over at his parents’ house when the Hudson’s said a driver started doing donuts in the street.
“You could hear the tires squealing around and around,” said Jerry Hudson, Timothy’s father.
He said Timothy came out to confront the driver. “The guy ran over him with the front tire and he was stuck under the truck,” Jerry Hudson said. “He didn’t stop, he drug him 45 feet, ran over him again with the back tire.”
The Hudson’s say it was bound to happen, that reckless driving and even sideshows are common along West 11th Avenue. On Tuesday, Linda Hudson took her story to the city council and the mayor.
Hudson wanted the City Council to put speed bumps in front of her home, but after three minutes, the council said her time was up.
“The last thing I heard from my son was ‘Mom I love you. Tell Dad I love him’ and then he asked the paramedic, ‘Please don’t let me die!’” Hudson said.
The mayor agreed to turn the matter over to the city manager. But the Hudson’s said city officials have already explained that the city doesn’t have the money for speed bumps.
“We’re putting our own speed bumps up out here and if I have to be the one to drill them into the pavement, so be it. I don’t care. What are they gonna do, put me in jail?” Linda Hudson said.
The Hudson’s last living son is a cement worker, and he’s already fabricating the speed bumps. They have set up cones in front of Timothy’s memorial and another neighbor is making his own speed limit signs.
Linda Hudson said it’s just the beginning. “My dying breath, I will fight the city of Antioch and the mayor will never again tell me to sit down and be quiet, my three minutes are up,” she said.