ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A man from Crozet was killed in a car crash in Albemarle County over the weekend.

The Albemarle County Police Department says this is the seventh fatal crash it has investigated so far this year, with eight total deaths.

The most recent crash happened early Saturday morning on Dick Woods Road. The driver, 21-year-old Harlan Franklin Shifflett III of Crozet, died at the scene.

Shifflett was known affectionately by family and friends as "Boogie." He was a 2020 graduate of Western Albemarle High School where he played football.

Police say the number one reason for all the recent deadly crashes is the drivers.

"Most of these crashes are impairment, speed, not wearing a seat belt, or some form of distraction. These crashes don't occur for no reason, you know. There is human input here, which is causing these to occur," said Captain Randy Jamerson with ACPD. "Several of these crashes have taken the lives of innocent people who just collected up in these crashes, who were just going down the road minding their own business." 

He also said that officers will be on patrol often so their presence can serve as a visual indicator that they are still around and trying to keep drivers safe.

The police departments around town also continue to emphasize the importance of defensive driving.