The aftermath of a highway accident scene.  This came not from one of the two fatal accidents in Floyd County but from an earlier motorcycle crash involving the author of this article and is used for illustrative purposes (Photo from The Roanoke County Police Department)

The aftermath of a highway accident scene. This came not from one of the two fatal accidents in Floyd County but from an earlier motorcycle crash involving the author of this article in 2012 and is used for illustrative purposes (Photo from The Roanoke County Police Department)

Tragic start to the summer holiday season.  A serious auto crash near Willis Tuesday left 70-year-old Charidy Lee Anders dead and two children hospitalized in serious condition.

On Sunday, Larry James Scott, 40, died in a motorcycle crash when he, witnesses told police, tried to pass a pickup truck that was legally turning left on a stretch of U.S. 221 just south of Check.

Two traffic fatalities in three days.  Unusual for Floyd County.

Traffic in the county is at an all-time high and too many vehicles are being operated by drivers who are either distracted and who show too little regard for the law.

In the Tuesday crash between Willis Elementary School and Virginia Route 750, Anders’ pickup left the southbound lane of U.S. 221 and slammed into a tree.

With a three-day weekend around the 4th of July coming up, the need for vigilance on the roads increases.