AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- Saturday night's crash on Route 720 in Augusta County resulted in one death and sent the driver to the hospital.
Neighbors say the road is dangerous, especially at night, when people go by speeding.
Lauren McCutcheon keeps a close eye on her three year-old.
"We are close to the house, we never go near the road," said McCutcheon.
Three-year-old Karl Swanson died in the crash Saturday night after state police say Stephanie Dudley ran off the road, hit a fence and then a tree.
Pieces of the car are still underneath a tree at the scene.
McCutcheon says she is very careful taking this road especially when her daughter is with her.
"We always go the speed limit around here because you can see exactly what happened with the three year old," said McCutcheon.
Virginia State Police Sergeant C.J. Aikens said this is the first deadly crash on Rt. 720 since 2010.
"It's a 35 mile zone, if you are driving the speed limit, you should have no problem negotiating that road. There is no highway defect that I have seen," said Sgt. Aikens.
This is the first accident McCutcheon has had so close to her home.
"That's the first thing that came to my mind when they said it was a three-year-old. It could have been her," said McCutcheon.
Swanson is one of the 12 people who has died in crashes in Augusta County so far this year. The 12 deaths are only for cases investigated by the Virginia State Police.
In all of 2012, VSP investigated 12 traffic deaths in Augusta County. That's why Aikens said DUI and speed enforcement are a must.
McCutcheon said everyone could be safer if people slowed down.
"During the day is not that bad, but at night, you can hear people zooming down the road," said McCutcheon.
The supervisor in that district said he hasn't received any speeding complaints in that area in years.
Aikens says the crash on 720 still remains under investigation and charges are pending.
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