Letter: Careless driver kills ‘Felix’

Felix was the darling of Main Street, a miniature dachshund who lived there with his “mom,” Ann Bellomy. Ann and Felix were walking on the sidewalk near their home on Main Street last Friday when a speeding van hit Felix and didn’t stop. A witness ran down the street until she caught up with the driver, who lives right here in Sperryville. The witness got the driver’s name and phone number, and has since reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

What more will it take to get the speed limits in Sperryville obeyed? The loss of a person or another animal? Residents and business owners along Main Street and U.S. 522 have repeatedly asked for help as cars and trucks routinely speed at 40 to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone (some have followed them to check their speed, so this is a fact).

At the request of residents to the county board of supervisors, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) did regular monitoring to ascertain what the speed limit should be on the section of 522 in the village. It was then lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph several months ago, but not monitored and controlled.

If you drive through Sperryville, please obey the posted speed limits. Thank you.

Gail Swift