Grandfather, 70, beaten for slowing down speeders, now seeks speed bumps for neighborhood

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Bradenton, Florida -- A bruised eye and torn rotator cuff are just a couple of the injuries James Gorman suffers after trying to keep his neighborhood safe from two men speeding down his street.

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Gorman was walking along the street pushing his wheelchair-bound wife while their 7-year-old granddaughter rode on her lap.  

"It went too far all I asked the guys is 'look- slow down. There are too many kids out here," Gorman told 10 News.

Jenny Gonzalez said kids like her play at their own risk along the 400 block of 60 Avenue Drive West.  

"We have nowhere else to play. That's why the cars shouldn't come so fast," said the 13-year-old. "It's dangerous," she added.

When do cars speed through the neighborhood? According to Gorman, all day and night. 

"Usually 24 hours a day. Early morning, evening and at midnight- it sounds like a jet plane," says Gorman.

Gorman also said there's nothing to deter speeding through the neighborhood. 

"My concern is the kids will get killed."

The street over from Gorman's has 25-mile-per hour speed limit signs. Gorman said his street used to have them, but they did not stay up.

 "The county put up two speed signs. They tore them down," he said.

Manatee County officials say homeowners along Gorman's street have never complained about speeding problems. The Public Works department handles these complaints and decides if speed limits need to be lowered or speed bumps added.

Nick Azzara, a spokesperson with Manatee County Government said once the Public Works officials approve any changes, homeowners' approval is needed too. 

"The County needs to generate a petition and 67-percent of homeowners in vicinity need to sign off on that," Azzara explained.

Gorman, is willing to make sacrifices if it means safety in the neighborhood. 

"I hate speed bumps, but that would be the best thing in the world," he said.

The grandfather of four plans to file a complaint with the Public Works Department so it can consider adding a few speed bumps, also called a speed table, to his street. 

Despite some bruises, Gorman says he will continue to slow down motorists in his neighborhood to help keep kids safe.

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