A Celebration of Life honors the nearly 100 people who lost their lives in Guildford County traffic accidents in 2021.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — As the sun set in downtown Greensboro, members of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office gathered to remember those who lost their lives in 2021 due to car crashes.
The delegates read everyone’s name one by one.
Now a Christmas tree outside the sheriff’s office is ablaze.
Each light represents one of the 98 people who died in traffic accidents last year.
Jessica Richmond said: “When it comes to the holidays, it’s tough. Every day is not easy, but of course you miss that person over the holidays.”
Aaron Bingham’s family honors him by placing an ornament on the tree.
He died in a car accident in May 2021.
“He will always be with us. We will never let this moment go because there was a tragic accident. We will still accept it for what it is, but still live as he is here,” Richmond said.
In 2021, there will be 1,756 traffic fatalities in North Carolina.
Guilford County ranks second in the state with a score of 98.
Many of those crashes were caused by impaired driving, speeding or not wearing seat belts, according to the sheriff’s office.
“2022 is a celebration of life, and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office takes this opportunity to share love, prayers and condolences with the families who have lost loved ones over the past year,” said Sheriff Danny Rogers.
Sheriff Rogers said that for too many, this time of year can be overshadowed by the loss of a loved one.
“We just want to thank the bereaved and want to be there for them and let them know we’re here for them,” the sheriff said.
So far this year, traffic-related deaths in Guilford County have dropped by nearly half compared to 2021 levels.
So far this year, 50 people have died and 98 have been seriously injured in traffic accidents.