August 4, 2005
An accident on Old Lynchburg Road involved two teenagers traveling on the 1100 block. Residents who live near where the accident occurred are not surprised.
"This road is known for high rates of speed, and the speed limit needs to be reduced," says eyewitness Angela Ridgewell.
Ridgewell was one of the first people to arrive at the scene. She says she heard a loud banging noise not to far from her house and immediately called 9-1-1.
"This is not the first accident we've been through. It's about the 12th accident," she explained.
A 17-year-old male driver ran off the road while traveling south. The vehicle then struck an embankment and overturned.
When Ridgewell arrived a 16-year-old female passenger was still trapped inside.
"I kept talking to the girl, kept saying her name, making sure that she was breathing and trying to get her to stop moving her neck," Ridgewell said.
The Albemarle County Police Department says there have already been seven accidents on that stretch this year, and Ridgewell and others are concerned.
"Nothing is being done," explained Ridgewell. "We've asked over and over for the speed limit to be reduced."
Any complaints about problem road areas must be addressed by the Virginia Department of Transportation since the roads are owned by the State and not the City or County.
Charlottesville Residency told our news station that they do not have any speeding or accident complaints currently on record in the vicinity of today's accident.