Number of Tennessee traffic deaths highest since 2007

A wrecked Chevrolet Trailblazer is loaded onto a tow truck after a crash on New York Avenue on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Staff photo by Doug Strickland

NASHVILLE - The number of Tennesseans killed in traffic-related deaths in 2019 represented the state's highest number of such fatalities in a dozen years.

As of Dec. 30, 1,129 people had died in incidents ranging from car, truck and motorcycle crashes to pedestrians and bicyclists struck by vehicles, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

It's the highest number of deaths since 2007, when 1,211 people died, according to a Times Free Press review of state data. The 2019 death toll represents an 8.66% jump - 90 more people - over the 1,039 people who died in 2018.

But the situation was worse in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, where traffic-related fatalities in 2019 jumped 33.55% over 2018.

Fifty-seven people died in Hamilton County versus the 43 killed in 2018 - a 14-person increase.