Last week’s traffic fatality at Kona was Letcher County’s fourth highway fatality of 2014, Kentucky State Police say. That is one fewer than the five traffic deaths the occurred here in 2013 but two more than 2012.
Statewide, there were 661 wreckrelated fatalities in 2014, a signifi- cant increase over the 638 that occurred in Kentucky in 2013.
Letcher was one of 72 Kentucky counties that had five or fewer traffic fatalities in 2014, according to the latest statistics provided by the state police. Neighboring Knott County had three fatalities in 2014, lower than neighbors Pike County (21), Harlan (11), and Perry (8).
Only three Kentucky counties had more fatalities than Pike, which is Kentucky’s largest county in terms of size. Jefferson County — Kentucky’s most populated — recorded 75 traffic deaths in 2014, trailed by Fayette County’s 28. Warren and Hardin counties in western Kentucky had 17 and 16 fatalities.
Harlan was one of five Kentucky counties with 11 or more traffic deaths in 2014. The others were the far western Kentucky county of Marshall (14), Breathitt (12), Scott (12), and Bullitt (11).
Twenty-nine counties had six or more fatalities in 2014.
The recent high year for Letcher County traffic deaths was 2011 with seven, when 720 occurred statewide.