HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - It's hard to imagine driving faster than the 35 miles-per-hour speed limit when traveling down Beach Road near Grandview Island in Hampton.
"It ought to be 25, but I don't, it doesn't matter if it's 25 or 35, people are going faster than 35, they're going 50," said Butch Gottwald, a resident of Beach Road.
It's unknown how fast a vehicle was traveling when it struck the front of Annette Firth's home on Sunday, but you can tell from the damage to the foundation that the impact was considerable.
"There were two boys in there," said Firth.
Firth had to exit her home from the back after the collision and said it was obvious by the time she got to the car that it was a serious accident.
"I knew they were in pretty bad shape, but the driver moved some and did move to the gurney, but the other one never, he was never conscious," said Firth.
That has Firth more concerned than the damage to her home.
"You can replace a house, but you can't replace a person," she said.
Gottwald has only lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years, but has talked to police about the speeding.
"But there've been accidents. There've been several," Gottwalkd said. "Right here from this house on back to the curve."
"In the past five years, officers have issued 841 summons for various traffic violations throughout Beach Road," said Cpl. Mary Shackelford with Hampton Police.
Shackelford says 154 of those tickets were for speeding.
"Motorcycles, cars. All the time. All the time," said Gottwald.
"For the past five years, Beach Road has averaged approximately 20 accidents per year," said Shackelford.
"I guess speed bumps. Speed bumps is the only thing that will slow people down," said Gottwald.
Because of the young man fighting for his life because of the crash into her home, Firth advises drivers, particularly young drivers, to make wise choices when driving on Beach Road. She wants them to consider the consequences of their actions.
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