Safe Communities Releases Fatal Crash Data

Wood County Safe Communities announced today there have been four fatal crashes in Wood County compared to nine last year at this time.  This is a decrease of five crashes to date.

Safe Communities is also releasing other final statistics from 2015 fatal and serious injury car crashes.

Older driver (recognized as people over the age of 65) involvement in crashes was the top cause of fatalities last year in the category of high risk driving behaviors. Older drivers were involved in 37% of fatalities related to driving and 28% of all serious injury vehicular crashes.

In Wood County in 2015, intersection crashes accounted for 28% of fatalities and were the top contributor of serious injuries. Fixed object crashes were the cause of 26% of serious injury accidents and 30% of all fatalities.

Drivers of all ages are reminded to be aware of these alarming statistics and encouraged to do their part to reduce crashes throughout the remainder of 2016 by buckling up and obeying all traffic laws.

For More Information:

  • Lt. Jerrod Savidge, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:
    419-372-9353 or