Seven people killed in wrecks during Thanksgiving Week including two from Southwest Virginia

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Seven people died over the Thanksgiving holiday in deadly crashes, including two people from southwest Virginia, according to State Police.

The number of traffic deaths is lower than in previous years, but still “one too many,” according to a statement from Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police.

In 2017 there were 14 traffic fatalities during the same time period.

In our area, two deadly crashes happened in Bedford and Rockbridge Counties.

Statewide, crashes also happened in Virginia Beach as well as Henrico, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Stafford Counties.

Police say six of those killed were drivers and alcohol was a factor in at least two of the fatal crashes.

Two teenagers died, including Kendra C. Shepherd, 19, of Hardy.

She was killed, after a two-vehicle crash in Bedford County on Nov. 27 and is the only woman to die over the Holiday period.

Police increased their visibility and traffic enforcement throughout the Thanksgiving period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 27 through 12:00 a.m. Dec. 1, as part of Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort.

Troopers gave out 5,221 citations for speeding, 1,798 for reckless driving, 490 for people failing to buckle up themselves and/or juvenile passengers,

83 drivers were also charged for driving under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs.

In total, police responded to 1,312 traffic crashes, with 187 resulting in injuries.

“With only 27 days left in 2019, the Virginia State Police reminds all drivers to do their part to keep the winter holiday season as safe as possible on our highways,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

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