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Report: Deaths from auto and motorcycle crashes down in San Antonio in 2018

Fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists in crashes increased last year, Vision Zero said.
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SAN ANTONIO — A new report released Tuesday found that the number of people who died in automobile and motorcycle crashes in San Antonio fell in 2018 compared to number from 2017.

Vision Zero San Antonio, a project of the City of San Antonio Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) department, released the report, which looked at crash fatality statistics from the past five years.

According to the report, 76 people died in automobile crashes in 2018, compared to 83 in 2017. That was an 8.4 percent drop. Over the past five years, San Antonio averaged 83 fatalities in automobiles.

The report also found that there were two fewer fatalities from motorcycle crashes in 2018 from the prior year. The 16 fatalities from motorcycle crashes in 2018 are well below the average of 21 for the past five years.

However,  fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists in crashes increased last year, Vision Zero said.

Pedestrian fatalities rose 11.4 percent in 2018. There were 49 such incidents in 2018, compared to 44 in 2017, but there were 65 in 2016.

Finally, San Antonio reported four deaths from bicycle crashes in 2018. There were two in 2017, and the average is three.

Vision Zero said these numbers are not necessarily final, since someone who passes away in 2019 from an injury sustained in a 2018 crash would need to be added to the statistics.

For more information about the Vision Zero initiative, visit their website.