13 people killed on NJ roads over Thanksgiving weekend, nearly double from 2020
TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Thirteen people were killed on New Jersey roads between last Wednesday afternoon and the Thanksgiving weekend, nearly twice as many as were killed in motor vehicle crashes during the holiday weekend in the last two years.
NJ.com compiled the research from police reports and state police data and found that seven people died in New Jersey motor vehicle incidents in 2020 during the same period, while another seven died in 2019.
Among those killed this past weekend were two children, killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash in North Brunswick that also injured three people, when the car traveling with the children drove on the wrong side of the road and struck a marked Old Bridge police officer.
On Friday, a head-on collision in Perth Amboy killed two people and injured three.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in an October study that traffic fatalities during the first six months of 2021 rose by over 18% nationwide compared to the same period last year. The highest fatality rate since 2006.
In New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the NHTSA's research shows there was a 13% increase in the region.