City road deaths quadruple in just 12 months

Crash scene at A421 Little Horwood last month.
Crash scene at A421 Little Horwood last month.

The number of deaths on city roads has quadrupled in just 12 months.

A total of 12 people died during 2014, a year that saw a 37 per cent increase in people killed in traffic collisions in the Thames Valley.

As reported by the Citizen earlier this month, the number of serious road accidents in Milton Keynes increased by almost a quarter in four years.

The latest figures bring the total number of fatalities up to 43 since 2010.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, head of roads policing, said: “Each statistic represents a family which has lost someone in sudden and tragic circumstances and our thoughts remain with families affected in this way.

“The causes of the collisions are varied, with many still under investigation. Some of these involve criminal investigations for causing death by dangerous driving or death by careless driving.”

In 2013 there were 57 people killed in Thames Valley in comparison to 78 last year, which included pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers and passengers, and heavy goods vehicle drivers.

Milton Keynes had the lowest number of fatalities within the region, with Oxfordshire totalling 27 deaths.