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Residents want lower speed limit on busy road after fatal crash

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Ebony Scales with her late boyfriend and son. Ebony Scales with her late boyfriend and son.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Neighbors are calling Sunday's fatal crash in Antioch a "wake-up call."

People that live along Pettus Road, where a father and infant son were killed and the mother critically injured, say motorists need to slow down and the city needs to lower the speed limit.

Sunday afternoon Ebony Scales was driving a Ford Focus on the roadway when she lost control and struck a tree.

Scales was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where officials say she's in stable condition.

Her boyfriend, 26-year-old Jonathan Meza, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.

The couple's 11-month-old son, Robert Meza, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died.

Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 that high speed limits, more traffic and a lack of sidewalks make the stretch of Pettus Road a dangerous place to live.

"People are learning the back roads and there are younger people, teenagers, driving through here," said neighbor Amber Kemper. "I'm down at the end of the driveway with my son waiting for the school bus to come pick them up. And people just speed through the school zones."

Kemper has two kids that go to school at the nearby AZ Kelley Elementary. But because there's no sidewalks or crosswalks, her kids have to ride the bus to school.

Another neighbor told Nashville's News 2 they plan to ask the city for a lower speed limit along that stretch of Pettus Road in hopes of making the street safer.

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