From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, through midnight on Monday, Dec. 26, 10 people were killed in traffic accidents throughout the Commonwealth, according to Virginia State Police.
The fatal accidents happened in the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk, and the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Buchanan, Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa, Prince William and Wise.
Just after midnight on Dec. 25, state police were notified of an accident on Interstate 664 at exit 13. Virginia Beach resident Brian Wade Ray, 51, was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan when he ran off of the road and hit a guardrail. Ray was ejected from the van and hit by another vehicle, which left the scene. State police said he was not wearing his seatbelt. He died at the scene.
On Thursday, Dec. 22, two 16-year-old females were killed in a Halifax County accident and a 40-year-old man died in a Wythe County accident. Less than one hour after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 27, a 27-year-old man was killed in a Chesterfield County crash.
Three pedestrians were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Chesapeake.
“Tragically, too many families spent their Christmas with family making arrangements for funeral services,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent, in a news release. “We cannot stress enough the importance for drivers to make smart, safe and sober decisions during the remaining days of 2016. Let us finish out this year by simply doing what’s right when it comes to driving on Virginia’s highways. Please drive to save lives.”
Virginia State Police are reminding drivers that with the upcoming New Year’s holiday, driving sober, driving without distraction, driving buckled up, and driving the speed limit are paramount to safety.
Troopers will have an increased presence on highways this holiday weekend.