Neighbors Demand Change for Safer Roads After Crash Kills Toddler

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Neighbors are coming together after a crash killed a toddler on their streets.

Only a few people showed up at the neighborhood meeting Monday night, but the few who did are demanding change.

Jennifer Terrasi lives in the Belmont Estates neighborhood outside of Harrisonburg. She came to the meeting in hopes something will change to make their roads safer.

"As a mother of a two and four-year-old, I mean I feel terrible for that family, for everybody that's involved in that accident," said Terrasi.

An accident that killed Kate Beagle and injured several others a couple weeks ago.

Terrasi and other neighbors say speeding is a major issue in their neighborhood. Now they're suggesting ways to stop it.

Some say they need more law enforcement in the area. Terrasi suggests adding speed bumps.

"Cause it's like a reminder and no one wants to kill their car, and coming from Boston, a lot of the subdivisions have speed bumps, so I wouldn't be surprised if I had to slow down," said Terrasi.

Vilas Steckly, the president of the Belmont Civic Association, says speeding has been a problem for a long time.

"It's difficult to drive 25, you have to pay attention. A lot of people don't and there's not a single innocent soul in Belmont, I can guarantee you, who hasn't gone over 25, myself included," said Steckly.

That's a problem that still needs a solution, and neighbors like Terrasi say they'll work hard until they know their children will be safe.

"So to have speed bumps or something, some type of intervention to say the least that's gonna slow people down or just give more awareness that things could happen," said Terrasi.

Steckly says he'll reach out to the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors to see if they can help this speeding issue. The group also plans to check with VDOT to see what's feasible to add to the neighborhood.

If you have suggestions on what you'd like to see done in the Belmont Estates neighborhood to make the roads safer, contact Vilas Steckly at 540-578-5805.


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