Seven fatal crashes reported for 2017

Greene County News

XENIA — Two fatal crashes have been reported in Greene County from April to June, bringing the total to seven in the county in 2017.

The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition reported that 10 deaths resulted from these seven fatal crashes.

The top four leading causes were: left of center (three), failure to control (two), unsafe speed (one), and improper lane change (one).

To date in 2017, there has only been one alcohol and/or drug-related fatal crash.

This compares to 2016’s 10 fatal crashes, nine of which were alcohol and/or drug-related.

The fatalities reported for the second quarter of 2017 occurred in April and June. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s crash statistics, a total of 310 people were injured during the second quarter due to vehicle crashes, with 44 of those individuals between the ages of 16-20 and 31 individuals between the ages of 26-30.

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 521 confirmed traffic fatalities to date in 2017 for the state of Ohio. This compares to 545 confirmed fatalities in 2016.

Safe Communities Coalition officials remind drivers the importance of avoiding all distractions while driving, driving sober, and making sure all passengers in the vehicle are buckled-up. The Safe Communities Coalition continues to work with the community to provide educational materials and information to keep Greene County citizens safe on the roadways. The coalition was developed to help communities decrease traffic injuries and deaths.

The next meeting of the coalition will be held 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 16 at Greene County Public Health, 360 Wilson Drive, Xenia. The public is welcome and invited to attend.

For more information contact Jillian Drew at 937-374-5683 or email [email protected]

Greene County News

News report compiled by Anna Bolton.

News report compiled by Anna Bolton.