CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- One man was killed and a teenager was hurt after their car ran off Beach Road and hit a tree.
The driver, 48-year-old Teddy J. Miles, was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, Chesterfield Police said. His passenger, 19-year-old John R. Crowe was taken to VCU Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.
The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Friday along the 14500 block of Beach Road.
"The Saturn sedan was traveling east on Beach Road near Winterpock Road when the vehicle lost control, crossed the west bound lane of travel and struck some trees beside the roadway," Chesterfield Police wrote in an email. "Police continue their investigation, but believe speed may have played a roll in causing the accident."
Previous incidents on Beach Road
This is at least the second fatal accident along Beach Road this Fall.
In October, a 19-year-old driver was killed on Beach Road when he lost control of his car and an hit an on-coming SUV, according to Chesterfield Police.
In August, former Chesterfield supervisor Renny Humphrey was seriously injured when she was struck by a car as she attempted to cross Beach Road on foot.
Following Humphrey's incident, CBS 6 asked Chesterfield Police for the crash statistics of a stretch of Beach Road from the 11000 block to the 12999 block, which includes the area where Humphrey was hit, but not Friday's fatal crash.
The paper work indicated there have been a total of 52 crashes over three-year period:
- In 2011 there were 18 crashes
- In 2012 there were 15 crashes
- In 2013 there were 19 crashes
In 2013 VDOT conducted a speed limit study to determine if the limit should be lowered from 55 miles per hour. According to VDOT that request came from Chesterfield County.
After a 24-hour-survey period the agency determined that there was very low pedestrian activity level on Beach Road and they didn’t deem it necessary to make any pedestrian accommodations.
VDOT also said the average speed of the drivers was below the speed limit.
For that reason, the agency said it could not justify reducing the speed limit on that part of Beach Road.