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Couple switches bedrooms after 2 SUV crashes in front yard in 6 months

Posted at 11:33 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 07:27:24-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico couple is afraid to sleep in their own beds, after a second SUV crashed through their fence and into their yard.

"It's really increased our paranoia every time a vehicle comes by when you've had two end up in your yard" said Eric Mathews.

The latest accident was early Sunday morning, a white Ford Explorer crashed through their cinder block wall, through their yard and rolled over into their neighbor's yard. "I open up the window and look out to see a SUV... flipped over and the top of it crushed, sitting in our neighbors yard," Mathews said.

Mathews said this was the second time an SUV crashed in his yard.

Mathews said this was the second time an SUV crashed in his yard.

Mathews said because of this they are moving to a back bedroom in their house.

Mathews is like several who said they live in a quiet area but Horsepen Road has seen an increase in traffic over the past two years.

Eric Mathews

Eric Mathews

"People treat this like a drag strip, they treat it like a thoroughfare instead of a residential neighborhood," said Mathews.

Other neighbors completely agree with that assessment.

"I would say people are going probably 45 and above," said Caroline Quamme, who lives near by.

The posted speed limit on Horsepen Road is 35.

Quamme and other neighbors said they'd like to see police step up patrols in the area. She would like them to run radar to slow people down.

The Mathews hope that would stop another SUV from crashing into their yard.