Fourteen people died in 11 crashes on Virginia roads over Labor Day weekend, one more than in each of the previous two years, Virginia State Police reported Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, we had hoped to see the number of fatal crashes decline and not increase, which is extremely discouraging to see such tragic and needless loss of life,” Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said in a statement that was also posted to the department’s Facebook page.
There were 13 traffic deaths each year in 2009 and 2010.
“Fourteen traffic fatalities is fourteen too many,” said Flaherty.
The deaths included double fatalities in Fairfax and Fauquier counties and in Lancaster County, in Virginia’s Northern Neck. One of the Fauquier County deaths was an 8-year-old boy, the youngest of the 14 victims. The oldest victim was 86.
The victims’s names have not been released by police.
In addition to the fatalities, Virginia state troopers responded to 577 traffic crashes statewide and arrested 110 impaired drivers, according to the news release.