Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive has a bad record for car and pedestrian accidents, despite measures being introduced to make it safer.
I was saddened to read about another fatal crash on the road in the early hours of Monday.
WAVY.com reported that the single-vehicle wreck occurred on Shore Drive and Kendall Street, near First Landing State Park, around 1.15 a.m.
Virginia Beach Police reported a sedan was driving west on Shore Drive when it left the road and hit a sign and a tree. Three people who were in the car were taken to the hospital from the crash.
I was saddened to read that one of the occupants in the car succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. The two others remain in the hospital. It’s not clear how seriously injured they are and further details are yet to be released.
The media report suggests the victim was likely a passenger. The Virginia Beach Police Department is reported to be looking into the crash and charges are pending.
My thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this terrible time. I hope the injured people make a good recovery.
Pedestrians Are Killed on Shore Drive
Last year, the death of a pedestrian renewed concerns about the dangers of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.
A 53-year-old man died crossing the road. Although there are restaurants and other businesses on both sides of Shore Drive west of First Landing State Park, there is a lack of crosswalk and pedestrians don’t always use the crosswalks that are available.
While local residents have called for better lighting and lower speed limits, city officials in past years have said Shore Drive is not one of the most dangerous roads in Virginia Beach.
It’s a busy highway, though. As many as 11,000 to 39,000 motorists use it every day and those numbers spike in the summer when vacationers head to the beach.
The fatal Shore Driver accident was the second serious wreck in Hampton Roads on Sunday. A crash was also reported in Hampton at 11 p.m. Sunday night at the intersection of Shell Rd. and Bell St.
Rescue crews reported they extracted four people from the cars involved and transported two to a local hospital. The severity of their injuries was unknown.
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