With the last holiday weekend of the summer behind us, it is time to reflect on how well the weekend went from a traffic safety perspective. New Jersey state police reported five fatalities on New Jersey roads over the 2010 Labor Day Weekend.
Three people died in car crashes, one person died in a motorcycle crash, and one person died in a New Jersey bicycle accident. The bicyclist was hit by a car in Egg Harbor Township. He has been identified as 16-year-old Jacob Broschard. The driver who hit him, William Michael Simkins, has been charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.
The number of fatalities over Labor Day Weekend 2010 is the same as the number of lives lost in New Jersey accidents over Labor Day Weekend 2009.
Overall, New Jersey traffic fatalities have shown a decrease of approximately 12% in the first eight months of 2010 as compared to the first eight months of 2009. Yet, 367 people died in New Jersey accidents between New Year’s weekend and Labor Day weekend this year.
We extend our condolences to the family of Jacob Broschard and to the families of the other 366 people who have lost their lives in New Jersey accidents so far this year.