AAA: Traffic deaths on the rise for 2017


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The number of fatalities on Connecticut roads is on the rise. This is certainly not the news anyone wants to hear but as of right now Connecticut is on pace to have more traffic deaths this year than the last two years.

The numbers are steadily going up. According to the data, in 2015, 270 people died here in Connecticut. In 2016, that number jumped up to 293.

According to AAA Hartford, so far in 2017, the number stands at 252 and we still have a month and half left in the year.

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We’ve seen a number of accidents here in Connecticut. Three people died just last weekend, one in Meriden and another in Berlin.

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A 22-year-old man was killed Saturday night in a hit-and-run on the Arrigoni Bridge between Middletown and Portland. He was driving a scooter when a car hit him. Police believe that car and another one were racing at the time. Police are still looking for the drivers who were involved.

Related: Suspects sought in fatal crash on Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown

Two women were killed last month along I-95 in Old Lyme after a crash involving their car, a tractor-trailer and a dump truck.

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A few days before that in Wallingford, an elderly man was killed after a two car crash along Route 5. And in September, a 38-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Mix Avenue.

In terms of what caused all the accidents we’ve seen so far this year, there are a number of reasons. Some of them are also still under investigation.

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