10 people are dead after five fatal crashes in Muskingum County since the start of this year.
The first happened in early March, when 13-year-old Alison Clark was killed on Raiders Road. It was followed by two missing Licking County men who were found dead in their car after it went into the Muskingum River. The most recent fatal crashes include 6-year-old Kasey King dying in a bus accident on State Route 60 in Nashport, five family members dying on Interstate 70 near Zanesville after their car crossed the median and crashed into a van, and a Coshocton father succumbing to his injuries after his motorcycle hit a lawn mower on State Route 16.
Zanesville Post Commander, Lieutenant Steve Rine, says there are three main reasons for these fatal crashes.
"Still number one is speed in Muskingum County. Second place is assured cleared distance ahead. We still have an issue with seatbelts, " says Lt. Rine.
Troopers say they hope seeing the devastation from these fatal crashes opens drivers’ eyes to dangers on the roadways.
"We want them to be educated, to be a little bit more aware of their surroundings while they’re operating the motor vehicle. Wear their seatbelts so if they are in a traffic crash, they remain in the vehicle, and we just want them to pick up on a few things-just pay attention to us on the road, " says Lt. Rine.
The Zanesville Post also handles accidents in Coshocton County, where there have been three fatal crashes, resulting in four deaths.