RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Six people were killed in car crashes in Virginia during the Labor Day holiday weekend, and according to Virginia State Police, more than half were kids.
While the number is a reduction from Labor Day 2021, which had 10 crash-related deaths, state police said that “there was still an alarming number of deaths among young people and pedestrians.” Of the six people killed, four were juveniles and two were pedestrians.
The ages of those who were killed included a 6-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl, a 57-year-old man and an 85-year-old man. The 17-year-old was a Patrick Henry High School student from Hanover, Amanda McGruder. She was killed just one day before the start of her senior year.
Police reported that three of the four people killed inside of cars were not wearing a seatbelt.
“While the reduction in traffic deaths is encouraging, six families still lost loved ones this past weekend,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Four of those tragically lost were young people with a full life ahead of them, and two of those children were not wearing a seatbelt or safely secured in a child safety restraint. I implore all Virginians to wear their seatbelts and require all those riding with you to do the same.”
The crashes occurred in Hanover, Henry, Pittsylvania, Shenandoah and Sussex Counties, along with the city of Norfolk. During the weekend, State Police said officers responded to a total of 772 traffic crashes.
During the weekend, Virginia State Police performed the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over program–formerly known as ‘Checkpoint Strikeforce — from Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5.
- Officers stopped 4,094 speeders
- Officers stopped 1,807 reckless drivers
- Officers arrested 87 drivers for DUI/DUID
- Officers cited 435 seat belt violations
- Officers assisted 818 disabled/stranded motorists