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.

READ: Motorcyclist dies in three-vehicle crash

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.

Crash Data

YearTotal CrashesFatal CrashesPeople KilledPeople InjuredAlcohol-Related CrashesAlcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2021 (4 days)67466209571
2020 (4 days)67857186590

Enforcement Data

YearDUI ArrestsSpeeding CitationsChild Seat CitationsSeat Belt CitationsOther Citations
2021 (4 days)5879,96812073713,670
2020 (4 days)59412,55613963615,388

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.

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