July 23, 2016

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County follows traffic death trend

So far this year, Medina County hasn’t seen a single traffic death. Last year at this time — a full third of the way through the calendar — there was one fatal crash.

Emergency responders load Rory Flynn, 17, a junior at Buckeye High School, into a helicopter during a mock accident at the school Wednesday. The program is part of the school’s campaign to prevent drunken driving during prom and graduation season. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

In 2011, four deaths were recorded in the first four months.


It’s been a good year for traffic safety across Ohio: As of May 1, the state has tallied 228 traffic fatalities — nearly a third fewer than the 339 reported for the same period last year.

While statistics for only a few months can be misleading because of wide swings from year to year, traffic deaths on Ohio highways and roads have been on a general downward slide for several years.

Statewide in 2007, there were 1,255 fatalities compared with 1,053 last year.

The record for fewest traffic fatalities since records were kept, beginning in 1936, was set in 2011 when Ohio recorded 1,015 deaths.

Medina County has tracked that trend. Last year, the county recorded seven fatal crashes and none involved multiple deaths, compared with 14 in 2011, 18 in 2010 and 15 in 2009.

Traffic fatalities in Medina County

2013: So far, none
2012: 7
2011: 14
2010: 18
2009: 15

SOURCE: Ohio Highway Patrol

Last year’s crash that killed four Brunswick teenagers near a railroad crossing on Boston Road on June 3 wasn’t included in the county death toll because the crash site was in Columbia Township in Lorain County.

Last month, a 57-year-old Montville Township woman, Gail L. Bradley, died in a crash on Interstate 77 in Broadview Heights, in Cuyahoga County.

Contact Dan Pompili at areanews@medina-gazette.com.