Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Pittsylvania County, VA – Godanriver.com writes that Pittsylvania County is seeing an increase in vehicle-related deaths in the second half of 2019. During the first six months of 2019, there were no vehicle deaths in the county. Unfortunately, ten people died in crashes between July 3 and September 21, 2019.*
With five deaths taking place so far in September, the county has now seen its deadliest month in several years. In September of 2015, five people were also killed in automobile crashes.
The Virginia State Police have not found any theme which could explain the rise in crashes. The only common element, according to authorities, is bad choices being made by drivers in the area.
U.S. 29 has proven to be the most dangerous road this September with 4 out of 5 fatalities occurring on that roadway. The most recent death occurred on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, when a 44-year-old man crashed his vehicle into the back of a turning farm tractor. The driver had reportedly failed to use his seatbelt and died at the scene of the accident.
Just days before that crash, two people riding on a motorcycle struck a guardrail ejecting both individuals. Even though they were both using helmets, they both died at the scene.
Another fatal crash involved a 19-year-old who was one of 6 individuals riding in a pickup truck when the vehicle veered off the roadway and into an embankment where is flipped over. That crash reportedly involved both alcohol impairment and speeding.
The fifth crash took place when a vehicle struck a guardrail in the southbound lanes of U.S. 29, veered back across the median and hit a northbound car. The 63-year-old woman driving in the northbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
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