Neighbors React to Crash that Killed Toddler

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email
An ambulance enters the Campbell County High School responding to a multiple shooting, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, in Jacksboro, Tenn.  A student shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators at the  school Tuesday, officials said.   (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

An ambulance enters the Campbell County High School responding to a multiple shooting, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, in Jacksboro, Tenn. A student shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators at the school Tuesday, officials said. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va ---- Belmont Estates is a very active neighborhood where people take walks in the morning and evening, but there is no sidewalk for them.

As state police collected clues from Friday morning's deadly crash in the neighborhood, some of the evidence was still visible. Children's shoes sat in a yard.

A closer look inside the SUV involved pointed troopers into another direction when loud music blasted from the speakers as they turned the car on.

As the SUV was towed away, neighbors have to deal with a concern they have had for years.

“This area has some problems with speed on this road, indeed,” said Lisa Kemp, a neighbor.

Just steps away from the accident scene is a speed limit sign that reads 25-miles-per-hour. The signs are up throughout the neighborhood, but neighbors have also tried a different approach to slow down speeders.

“We even a few years back had a radar monitor installed for a few days. Did that help? I don't think so."

One neighbor, who did not want her face seen on camera or name reported, said she would like to see more of a police presence.

"To have some patrolling once in a while. Once or twice a week to let them know they better observe the 25-miles-per-hour speed zones," she said.

The neighborhood has no sidewalks: which is another safety concern.

"I won't even go out in the street. I cut across the lawn to get to my mailbox because I don't want to go out in the street."

People living in the Belmont Estates neighborhood hope some changes are made as a result of this accident that took such a young life.

"I would think that every person that hears about this would get behind the officials who are in charge of traffic to make sure something's done that this tragedy would not be in vain."

Neighbors said this is most likely going to be the hot topic of the next neighborhood association meeting in September.


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