Less than one day after friends of Timothy Baxter came to the Boynton Beach city commission meeting asking for the speed limit to be reduced on Seacrest Boulevard, the police department placed a radar speed sign on the street.
Baxter, 53, on Sunday was headed east trying to cross Seacrest Boulevard north of Woolbright Road when he was hit by a northbound silver 2003 Chevy Cavalier, driven by 35-year-old Vanessa Murphy. Murphy, also a Boynton resident, was not injured, police said. Baxter was taken to Delray Medical Center where he later died.
The speed sign was placed near where the wreck happened.
Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said it wasn’t only the crash that prompted police to put up the radar on Tuesday. They received other complaints, too. Baxter’s friends have called for the boulevard’s 40 mph speed limit to be lowered to stop speeders. The county would determine if that is necessary, Boynton officials said.
Baxter was known for being a friendly face in the neighborhood and took care of many residents’ lawns. He didn’t drive, and walked around the neighborhoods. He was a fixture on the streets near Seacrest Boulevard and his home on Southeast Ninth Avenue. William Shawn Breze called Baxter “our mascot for Boynton.” Peter Nixon, part owner of Hoffmann and Nixon Air Conditioning, called him the “neighborhood watchman.”
Friends and family of Baxter will gather Saturday at the Boynton Woman’s Club to honor him. The gathering begins at 10 a.m. at the club, 1010 S. Federal Highway.