Daughter of victim in deadly crash says speed limit on Shore Drive needs to change

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The daughter of a woman who died in a crash on Shore Drive Tuesday afternoon is calling for the speed limit on the road to be changed.

The two-vehicle crash happened near the intersection of Diamond Springs Road around 3 p.m., according to police. Another victim is still recovering from serious injuries in the hospital. 

“My mornings start with text messages from her, then FaceTimeing and then she would call me numerous times throughout the day. My mom and I were very close,” said Amanda Harrington. Her mother, Barbara, lost her life in Tuesday’s crash. 

“My mom’s spine was severed from her brain down and that’s from blunt force trauma. If you are going 45 miles-per-hour, that would not happen,” Harrington said.

Harrington says the road is dangerous and something needs to change to prevent more deadly accidents in the future. She says Shore Drive has had a reputation for dangerous driving.

“People on average go 10 miles over the speed limits, so if the speed limit is 45, the average person is going 55. That’s interstate speed,” Harrington said.

One of Harrington’s neighbors who witnessed Tuesday’s deadly accident agreed. 

“The speeding has to stop. Either the city is going to have to reduce the speed on this part of Shore Drive or put in a speed trap,” said Gary Gaines.

The City of Virginia Beach tells 10 On Your Side the issues on Shore Drive are on their radar, but change can’t happen overnight. There are many steps that need to be taken. 

“You know there are always going to be fenderbenders, there will always be minor accidents, but what happened here did not have to end in tragedy, nor did it have to end in tragedy in the years past,” said Harrington .

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