2017 Allen County highway deaths remain at 11


LIMA — The Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition reports there were no fatal traffic crashes on Allen County roadways during November, leaving at 11 the number of fatal accidents in the county this year.

The 11 crashes that took place during the first 11 months of 2017 resulted in 11 fatalities. Of that total, three fatal crashes, which left a total of three individuals dead, took place on state and/or federal highways. Six crashes took place on county roads, leaving six persons fatally injured. One fatality occurred on a city street and one took place on a township roadway, according to the coalition.

Seven of the fatal crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol or drugs, according to the coalition. Six of the 11 persons killed were not wearing safety belts. In the lone motorcycle fatality, the deceased was wearing a helmet.

During the first 11 months of 2016 there were 12 fatal crashes resulting in 14 fatalities in Allen County.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each traffic fatality has a comprehensive cost of $5,811,333. Based on that figure, total comprehensive costs for 2017 Allen County fatal crashes are $63,924,663.

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