VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The near death of a 14-year-old girl has a Virginia Beach neighborhood calling WAVY.com for help.
The teen's parents do not want their family to be identified, but she was hit by a car Saturday. It happened on Princess Anne Road and Huckleberry Trail.
Police gave 41-year-old Brian Montella a summons for driving without a license. He has not been charged with hitting the girl. It does not appear that she had the right-of-way.
The bike laying on Princess Anne Road reminded everyone who passed by what the dangers are on Princess Anne Road in front of Southgate. The girl lived in the Southgate neighborhood that has complained for years about the traffic and the potential danger.
Linda Sobers' parents built a house there 25 years ago, "That's what I asked a police officer, why isn't something done? He said 'never anything bad ever happens out here.' There are accidents all the time out here. What do we have to do to get something done, wait until someone dies?"
Southgate Residents want a light at Princess Anne and Huckleberry Trail, but that light would be too close to the one at Princess Anne and General Booth Boulevard.
Virginia Beach spokesperson Drew Lankford says you can't have lights at both. "Lights must be at least 1000 feet apart. This is only 650 feet. The light at General Booth is a major intersection for the City of Virginia Beach. It is unreasonable to put lights at both."
The Moody's have lived there for 21 years. "Basically it sounds like the City is saying tough luck....we have not heard any solutions yet," says Richard Moody.
The traffic is so busy on Princess Anne residents can't get out of the neighborhood, so to help solve the problems the City put up a stoplight at Seaboard Road. Most residents don't use it because it is inconvenient. It is one way out from Southgate to get to the Seaboard Road light. The City listened to residents and shut down Southgate going in because the residents didn't want people cutting through.
Up Seaboard when you get to Smokehouse Road, no one can get in or out. Seaboard Road will also be extended to four lanes from Princess Anne to Nimmo Parkway. There will be a light at that intersection.
"We expect the Seaboard Project will divert 75 percent of the traffic from Princess Anne to Nimmo," Lankford says.
Unfortunately, there will not be a light at Rockingchair Lane in Southgate. That intersection with Nimmo leads to the Hunt Club Neighborhood. Neighbors think the City is unreasonable for not putting a light at that intersection that takes cars from Southgate to Hunt Farm.
"There are children who ride their bikes through both the neighborhoods," says Linda Sobers.
WAVY.com expressed that concern to Lankford, "We will certainly reconsider and take a look at that. This is not carved in stone."
There will be a Southgate Community Meeting on this issue at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Princess Anne Recreation Center.
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