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Chesterfield neighbors say site of fatal accident needs VDOT’s attention

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR)–Monday’s tragic scene off Jessup Road in Chesterfield County, is all too familiar for folks living close by.

“I don’t know how many–but it is a lot,” said Greg Babinat.

Babinat lives next to the ravine and creek where Auriel Shazer’s car recently slammed into a tree.  For more than a decade, he says with just a little bit of moisture, the curve becomes “hell on wheels.”

“Whenever we get a little bit of rain, it gets slick,” said Babinat.  “I don’t know if they forget, or what.  Somebody is always in the ditch.”

Babinat, along with neighbor Amanda Ward say they have asked V-DOT to make safety improvements to that stretch of road.

“There really needs to be guard rails, but there’s no safe guard at all,” said Ward.

VDOT says they did a survey and study on Jessup Road but had to put the brakes on the guard rail idea.  In a statement about their findings,  they claim a guardrail would do more harm than good.

“Her legacy will go on, even if she’s not here,” said her father, Henry Shazer.

Meanwhile, those grieving the loss of the 18-year-old Shazer-are struggling with reality

“I’m trying to figure out how it could happen,” said Shazer.  “I taught her how to drive at a young age.”

He’s a dad now shouldering the weight of losing his oldest daughter, someone he swore he’d always protect.  “You never want to hear that she passed.  Dad is supposed to save the day, but I couldn’t,” he said.


  • Ron

    First My condolences ,Next Are there Speed limit Signs in this stretch of road? How fast was the car going when it wrecked? We put the blame on VDOT and none on drivers, if VDOT did everything the public thought we would have guard rails on every road . People please understand we cannot ( Fix Stupid) slow down in wet weather do not take a curve over the speed limit . If there was a bad wreck everytime it rained then there is a problem but unless there is, there has to be a tremendious amount of smart people who drive there that don’t wreck!!

  • Jennifer Bryant

    VDOT doesn’t care unless it’s their family member that meets their demise! Let that happen and see how fast a guard rail goes up…..VDOT, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!

  • Jennifer Bryant

    Ron, regardless of who wrecks and why, if something can be done it should be done, the shoulder on that stretch of the road is ridiculously LOW! I agree the drivers are partly to blame, however, our roads are also suppose to be safe for us all…..people make mistakes all the time, but it would cost VDOT that much to simply out up a guardrail……one mistake (or possibly one deer running it in front of us) could mean the difference in life and death; as well as ONE GUARDRAIL could mean the difference in life and death…

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