Birmingham business owners and executives voice concerns over ‘conducting exhibitions’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Five people are recovering after being struck by a car during what police call exposure driving.

The victims were injured in a parking lot next to a nightclub in Woodlawn.

Barbara Robertson is the owner of the airport lounge. She said she was shocked this was happening right next to her business because customers were going home for the night.

“It could have been worse,” Robertson said. “It was bad, but it could have been much worse.”

According to Birmingham Police, high speed was involved at the time of the crash. No arrests have yet been made.

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone again,” Robertson said. “When people leave here, I want everyone to get home safely. If you come here doing stupid things, you don’t need to be here.

District 4 Councilman JT Moore visited Robertson on Friday to check in and make sure everyone was okay.

“It’s such a shame that something like this has to happen here in front of their establishment,” Moore said. “Our local streets are not the place for any type of race because you involve individuals who have absolutely nothing to do with this race and who may be injured.”

Moore said it was an opportunity to spread a safe driving message to the community — a message that nonprofit Street Racing Kills founder Lili Trujillo Puckett is spreading across the country.

“If he hadn’t run, she would be alive right now,” Trujillo Puckett said.

His 16-year-old daughter, Valentina, was a victim of street racing. Trujillo Puckett said it was 100% preventable.

“If we want to have fun, we have to find a safe place not only for ourselves but also for the people around us,” Trujillo Puckett said.

It’s a lesson Moore says he hopes to help spread a better message, but families can help do the same.

“We just have to be a little smarter about how we operate in these vehicles because they can be dangerous if not used properly,” Moore said.

Trujillo Puckett said she would be willing to travel to Alabama schools to help educate about the dangers of street racing. If you would like her to visit your school or organization, you can contact her here.

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