Delaware pedestrian deaths nearly doubled this year

 A woman was killed in this six car accident on Rt. 13 at Red Lion Rd. in Bear back in February. (John Jankowksi/for NewsWorks)

A woman was killed in this six car accident on Rt. 13 at Red Lion Rd. in Bear back in February. (John Jankowksi/for NewsWorks)

Delaware is on pace for an above-average number of highway fatalities in 2015.

It’s been a deadly year on Delaware’s roads – to date, 62 people have been killed in crashes.

Nearly half of those fatalities have happened over the past three months; 34 people died in accidents in May, June and July.

And it’s not just drivers and their passengers who are victims. In 2014, 10 pedestrians were killed on Delaware roads. So far this year, 18 pedestrians have been fatally struck while walking, 5 of those deaths occurred during the month of July.

“An overwhelming majority of crashes are preventable,” said Jana Simpler, director of the Office of Highway Safety. “Using crosswalks, limiting your distractions and slowing down can prevent you from being involved in a crash.”

The number of motorcycle fatalities is trending upward as well. There have been nine motorcyclists killed so far this year. In 2014, the state saw 15 motorcycle deaths for the entire year.

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