Some Labor Day celebrations ended badly
Some Labor Day weekend celebrations ended badly for some motorists. Two died in crashes in Franklin County, representing a third of the state’s holiday highway deaths.
Both of the county’s highway fatalities were on motorcycles. One was wearing a helmet. The other was not.
The first happened Saturday afternoon when PSP tried to stop Matthew Foor, 32, for a traffic violation at 4:43 p.m. in the 500 block of South Main Street. Foor lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle when it hit the sidewalk, then the corner of a cement porch and a post. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the police report.
He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where he died.
The second crash happened Monday when a car turned in front of a motorcycle driven by John K. Cook, 54, of Carlisle, on Anthony Highway. Cook was killed instantly. A passenger on his motorcycle, Pamela S. Cook, 53, was seriously injured and airlifted to York Hospital’s trauma center.
State holiday statistics
Across the state, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) arrested 587 motorists for driving under the influence and issued 9,968 speeding citations during the four-day Labor Day weekend from September 3-6, 2021. Troopers also cited 737 people for not wearing seat belts and issued 120 citations to drivers for failing to secure children in safety seats.
Six people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the state police, with alcohol cited as a factor in one of the fatal collisions. Troopers responded to a total of 674 crashes – in which 209 people were injured – over the long holiday weekend.
During the 2020 Labor Day weekend, seven individuals died and 186 people were injured in the 678 crashes investigated by PSP.
|Year||Total Crashes||Fatal Crashes||People Killed||People Injured||Alcohol-Related Crashes||Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes|
|2021 (4 days)||674||6||6||209||57||1|
|2020 (4 days)||678||5||7||186||59||0|
|Year||DUI Arrests||Speeding Citations||Child Seat Citations||Seat Belt Citations||Other Citations|
|2021 (4 days)||587||9,968||120||737||13,670|
|2020 (4 days)||594||12,556||139||636||15,388|
Troop H data
Troop H encompasses a five-county area in South Central Pennsylvania, including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Perry.
Troopers investigated 87 crashes, including the two fatalities in Franklin County. They reported 32 injuries from those crashes.
Troopers investigated 61 DUIs, issued 605 speeding tickets, seven tickets for failure to have children in proper child restraints, 41 seat belt violations and 644 other citations.
Troopers also made 42 arrests in the five county area over the three-day holiday period.