Preliminary statistics from the Oregon State Police report that this Labor Day holiday period was the deadliest since 2008, with six people killed in five crashes throughout the state.

The Labor Day holiday period lasted 78 hours, starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1.

This was the deadliest Labor Day holiday since 2008, when 12 people were killed in traffic crashes statewide.

The first crash was reported at 2:56 p.m. on Aug. 30, when a 74-year-old bicyclist was killed in Columbia County when a distracted driver struck him from behind.

The driver fled the scene but was arrested by state police five miles away on charges of manslaughter, hit and run and on a misdemeanor warrant.

Just a few hours later, a 40-year-old Winchester man was killed in a single rollover crash on Interstate 5 in Josephine County. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

The following day, Aug. 31, a motorcycle crash at 3 p.m. killed a 47-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman in Douglas County. The motorcycle they were on crossed the center line and collided with a pickup.

On Sept. 1, a 27-year-old Lebanon woman was killed in a single vehicle rollover at 3:50 a.m. She was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Later that morning, a 48-year-old Florence man died after stepping in front of a car on Highway 101. The initial investigation shows it may have been done deliberately.

Only two people were killed during last year's Labor Day holiday period.

Since 1970, almost 300 people have been killed in traffic crashes throughout Oregon during that time.

Police were also on the lookout for intoxicated drivers during the holiday period, and made a total of 45 DUII arrests statewide. Five of those arrests were within the Salem area