Fatal crashes locally, statewide continue to decline

Deaths in traffic crashes in Logan County dropped in 2013 as the state fell below 1,000 highway fatalities for the first time since record keeping began, personnel from the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported this week.

In Logan County in 2013, six people died in six incidents, compared to eight killed in six crashes in 2012, which was down from a total of nine fatal crashes in 2011. In 2010, 16 fatal crashes were logged and seven in 2009.

The data is in line with a statewide trend toward safer highways.

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Number of Ohio traffic deaths during past decade


COLUMBUS — There were at least 923 traffic deaths in Ohio in 2012, and more under review could bring the total to a possible 981. The number of traffic deaths over the previous decade, according to revised totals from the State Highway Patrol:


• 2012: 1,122
• 2011: 1,016
• 2010: 1,080
• 2009: 1,022
• 2008: 1,191
• 2007: 1,257
• 2006: 1,239
• 2005: 1,328
• 2004: 1,285
• 2003: 1,278

Ohio had a record low number of traffic deaths in 2013, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the highway patrol.

At least 923 people died on Ohio roads during the past year, and additional deaths are under review but have not been confirmed as traffic deaths, making the possible total 981, according to patrol figures. It would be the first time Ohio has had fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths since the 1936 beginning of keeping records.

The previous low was 1,016 in 2011, according to the patrol’s revised statistics. In 2012, Ohio had 1,122 deaths.

Locally, two of the traffic fatalities in 2013 involved pedestrians on the roadways, including the March 28 death of an 8-year-old boy attempting to cross U.S. Route 68 in West Liberty and the June 4 death of a 55-year-old Bellefontaine man using his wheelchair on west Sandusky Avenue in the city.

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