CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man is recovering after being thrown from his scooter last month following an accident on Route 10 between Old Stage Road and Rivers Bend Road.
Coincidentally, that same man has been pushing for safety measures on that road since last year.
John Capps says he had just left his house last month when he started traveling down Route 10 on his scooter. He says after making a right turn onto Route 10, he was a few hundred feet from the intersection of his development when he was struck and thrown off the road. He says he has no recollection of the actual accident and only remembers waking up in a hospital room.
“It hurts deep inside my heart knowing that I’m more or less helpless,” Capps told 8News.
8News first met Capps in November of last year when he started a petition to get a traffic light at the intersection of his neighborhood, Harbour East Village, and a reduced speed limit on Route 10 between Old Hundred Road and Rivers Bend Road where the current speed limit is 55 mph. Capps had been concerned that if something wasn’t done, it could lead to a serious or even fatal accident. He says the crash has left him immobile.
“I’ve got three spinal fractures, hardly any mobility in my hands, I’ve got a urine bag,” Capps said.
Capps says he was found in a ditch with scrapes and bruises all over his body. The crash took place on the same stretch of road he says he warned VDOT and Chesterfield County about.
“The county was forewarned, VDOT was forewarned, didn’t do nothing about it,” he said.
Last year, VDOT said it would study the intersection. They sent us the following statement on Monday:
Our study was completed last December and we found that, based on guidance set forth by the federal highway administration’s manual on uniform traffic control devices, a traffic signal is not warranted at that location due to low traffic volumes.
We checked the number of crashes at that section in the past three years and so far this year.
Last year there were 49 crashes, more than in 2014 and 2013. So far this year there have already been 53 crashes, more crashes than any other year in the past four years. Those numbers are according to Chesterfield County Police.
Meanwhile, Capps says he will continue to push for changes.
“That’s what needs to be done, before somebody gets killed out there or is seriously injured like I did,” he said.
Chesterfield County responded, saying in part:
The safety of the traveling public is of utmost concern to both the county and the state.
The Route 10 widening project that is currently underway will result in significant safety improvements to the Route 10 corridor from Bermuda Triangle Road to Meadowville Road. At the intersection in question, Route 10 and Harbour East Drive, the existing crossover will be modified to reduce conflict points, creating a safer intersection.
The county is currently acquiring the property necessary to complete the project, with construction anticipated to start in 2018.