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Crash fatalities reach 14-year high

Crash fatalities reached a 14-year high on the commonwealth’s roadways last year, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported.

In 2021, 968 people died in crashes on Virginia roadways—a 14.3-percent increase over 2020 and the highest number of annual fatalities since 2007 (1,026 fatalities). According to final crash statistics from DMV’s Highway Safety Office, fatalities increased across a number of categories, such as speed-related fatalities, commercial motor vehicle-involved fatalities and fatalities of motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, teen drivers and mature drivers.

So far this year, 245 people have been killed in crashes on Virginia roadways, a 12-percent increase compared to this point in 2021.

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