South Brunswick Police: Deadly crashes increased in 2016 compared to 2015

South Brunswick police are warning residents to drive more carefully after releasing statistics that showed that the number of fatal car crashes increased from 2015 to 2016.



Police say there were five deadly crashes in 2016, including one that killed 13-year-old Blanca Hernandez Vargas. Police believe her relative, who was driving at the time, ran through a red light at the intersection of Deans Lane and Route 1, something they say is a problem in town. 



Another fatal accident also occurred at the same intersection.



There were also two fatal crashes on Route 55 and one on Route 32.



Police say that many of the accidents that happen in town are due to distracted driving.



"As the roadways get more congested it is critical that drivers pay attention while driving. It only takes a split second to look away for disaster to happen," Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement.



South Brunswick police say they will continue to educate residents about safer driving practices.


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