Residents say Elbow Road is dangerous after man is killed in crash

Posted at 9:08 AM, May 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 10:15:34-04

Chesapeake, Va.- A man was killed in a car crash around 7:30 this morning on Elbow Road. Police say it's 32-year-old Robert Edward Rosendahl.

Christina Bodnar, who lives nearby, told NewsChannel 3, it happened on a bend.

“There have been several mornings since we've lived here that we've gotten up, and there's been in accident in the same place, always in the same place for the last three years or so,” says Bodnar.

"You'll hear the crash and we'll come out and there are people that have been projected from the vehicle,” she says.

Elbow Road is a two-lane stretch that connects Chesapeake to Virginia Beach, with a 45 MPH speed limit. It's very narrow without shoulders on either side.

Elbow Road has its share of straightaways, and neighbors nearby say they've seen drivers speed up on them. And when they get to the bends, it's too late to slow down.

There have been 45 reported accidents since January 1, 2012.

Now Chesapeake Public Works is trying to stop all the accidents. They say they're 90% done with planning a project that will widen two curves in the road.

One of those curves is where the accident happened this morning and the other is near the Virginia Beach City line.

That project is exactly what Bodnar wants.

"I think it would be really wise to talk about widening the road, adding a shoulder. But with no shoulder, if you're not doing the proper speed, you're going to over-correct and end up in the other lane,” says Bodnar.

But that project is still a ways away, as a city engineer told NewsChannel 3, they plan to start construction in January 2014.