A year later, frustrated residents along a Suffolk road still dealing with dangerous crashes


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Residents living along a busy Suffolk road are hoping to reignite a push for change after multiple crashes last week.

An 18-wheeler overturned on April 25 on Holland Road near Lummis on April 25.

Two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries on April 24 after overturning and landing in the front yard of a home.

That homeowner reached out to 10 On Your Side a little more than a year after initially reaching out to us about speeding on the road.

“We haven’t had any success so far. I don’t know why they don’t pay attention to this,” she said,

The homeowner, who did not want her identity revealed because she worked in law enforcement for a number of years, says she was woken up by a loud boom early Wednesday morning.

And she was upset because she had just spent the day remulching her front yard.

“I thought what the heck! I opened the door and it was a vehicle overturn in my front yard,” she said.

The resident says the crash could’ve happened even closer and been deadly, just like the one involving her neighbor’s husband, John Groves.

Groves died after he was struck from behind turning into his driveway.

10 On Your Side spoke to his wife Merle last year, who said the speeding trucks make her question her safety walking to the mailbox.

“The thought I had lived in a place where someone was knocked into and killed unnverved me,” the resident said.

She says it’s also unnverving it could continue to happen and she believes the city isn’t doing anything to help.

Last year, she sent in petitions from residents and more recently spoke with police about the issue.

When 10 On Your Side reported on this last year, the city conducted a traffic survey at the area to see if they should lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph, but Traffic Engineering found that a pattern of speed was not a significant issue for recorded crashes in the area.

The resident says she was told by someone with the city that a survey was not done and now wants to know what it will take to get something done.

“I don’t know what else to do. Do I wait until an 18 wheeler comes into my bedroom and lands on top of me and the next report you do is when I’m not here anymore?”

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