Connecticut State Police were busy over the holiday weekend dealing with more than 440 crashes including two deadly ones.
There were 447 crashes including 74 involving injury over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. The two deadly crashes were reported on Route 8 in Waterbury and on Route 44 in New Canaan.
On Saturday, 26-year-old Melvin Gordils, of Bridgeport, was struck and killed by two motor vehicles on Route 8 near Exit 33 ramp around 2 p.m.
On Sunday, a two-vehicle crash was reported on East Canaan Road, which is also known as Route 44, around 5:15 p.m. Police said 74-year-old Ronald A. Westervelt, of Shokan, NY, was killed in the crash while his passenger, Dixi Westervelt, of Shokan, NY, suffered serious injuries.
Last year, there were 285 crashes including 49 with injuries and two deadly accidents.
State police Trooper Tyler Weerdan said there was slight uptick in violations is due to the fact that Thursday evening was factored in to the final total.
During the holiday weekend, state police said troopers “targeted aggressive/reckless drivers, distracted drivers, speeders, seatbelt violations and intoxicated driver to reduce traffic crashes.”
In total, state police handed out 1,263 tickets for speeding, 903 for seatbelt infractions and 4,111 hazardous moving violations.
Last year, there were tickets for 1,254 speeding tickets, 1,454 for seatbelt infractions and 4,548 hazardous moving violations.
Both deadly crashes remain under investigation by state police. No charges have been filed in either incident.
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