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State Police Say Memorial Day “Proved Deadly”

31 May 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

State Police have reported that Clarke County’s vehicle accident fatality on Sunday (5/26/2019) was one of 11 that took place across the state over the 2019 Memorial Day weekend.

Preliminary reports indicate that a total of nine traffic crashes proved deadly for 11 victims between 12:01 a.m. on Friday and midnight on Monday, six of whom were riding motorcycles when they were killed.  Clarke County’s crash occurred on Route 612 when rider Stephen Lilly struck another motorcycle, was thrown from his bike, and was then struck by a Chrysler Town and Country.

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent,  said in a statement Wednesday (5/29/2019) that “tragically, Virginia has witnessed an alarming loss of life in recent days as a result of traffic crashes.” He went on to say that “More than 300 individuals have already been killed in traffic crashes this year in Virginia. That should give every driver in Virginia 300 reasons as to why it’s so important to drive to save lives on our highways.” Virginia troopers cited a total of 8,200 speeders, 2,500 reckless drivers, and 75 drunk drivers over the Memorial Day weekend.

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