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Men Killed in Bristol and Torrington Traffic Crashes

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Fatal Crashes in Bristol and Torrington marred the long Thanksgiving holiday period in Connecticut.

Police say a 51-year-old man was pronounced dead at Bristol Hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving slammed head-on into a pickup truck on Route Six around 7 a.m. The victim’s name had not been released. The driver of the truck was not injured, said police.

In Torrington, Police say Kristian Palmer, 32, of Torrington was killed when his motorcycle left Aetna Avenue and struck several mailboxes shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.

Connecticut State Police investigated 178 accidents, arrested 28 people for driving under the influence and nabbed 825 people for speeding since early Wednesday when enhanced traffic enforcement efforts began on the roads they patrol, including the Interstate highway system.

Thirty-one of the accidents involved injury.

Police are being particularly aggressive in tracking down and getting drunken drivers off the road.

Police also issued 56 seat belt violations and more than 1,200 tickets for other moving violations, including illegal cell phone use, dangerous lane changes, and tailgating.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press and WTIC-AM.  All Rights Reserved.)

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