Bradley County recorded its 23rd traffic fatality for the year, mirroring 2002 figures.
Tragedy struck again Saturday afternoon when one person died in a single-vehicle crash and on Friday evening, officials learned a victim of a crash last week died from her injuries.
Just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday, emergency officials rushed to Interstate 75 at exit 25 where a single vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Phillip Reagan, Tony Imbrigotta, 71, and his wife, Grace who was also 71, were travelling northbound on I-75 when their car left the roadway, jumped the entry ramp and landed in some trees.
The couple was traveling to Florida from their hometown of Clinton Township, Mich.
Grace Imbrigotta was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center, where she later died.
Tony Imbrigotta was transported to Erlanger Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Two other passengers in the vehicle, Roger Thomson and Kathleen Thomson were also taken to Erlanger Medical Center via ambulance. Neither suffered -life-threatening injuries, according to Reagan.
Louise Seaman, 71, died Friday evening at Erlanger Medical Center.
She was involved in a single- vehicle crash along with Candice Nichols, 30.
Nichols remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
According to reports, the crash occurred near Buck’s Pocket Road on Dec. 6.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit officials are in charge of that investigation.
In 2002, Bradley County had 23 people to die on roadways, city streets and the interstate.
A year later, the BCSO Traffic Unit was formed and through education and enforcement, fatalities dropped significantly.
Sheriff Jim Ruth enacted Lifesaver campaign in 2011 to enhance driver awareness and safety, citing traffic volume and inattentive or speeding drivers as a cause for the program to educate motorists of the dangers which can be associated with driving.