A tragic accident recently occurred in Scioto County. One vehicle crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing three people and injuring four more. The driver of the vehicle who the Ohio authorities initially suspect to be responsible for the collision may face criminal charges.
A 45-year-old driving a pickup truck was heading east on SR522 when it was struck head-on by a car driven by a 51-year-old traveling in the other direction. The impact caused two of the five occupants in the second vehicle to be ejected from the car. Those individuals, along with a third occupant, lost their lives in the crash. They were 20, 23 and 24 years old.
Both drivers of the vehicles as well as the last occupant of the car had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment, but they each were expected to recover. The Ohio State Highway Patrol also stated that they found several items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine within the car. It is not clear at this time whether the driver was actually driving while under the influence of meth. The collision is still under investigation.
Regardless of whether the driver faces Ohio criminal charges, the families of the individuals who lost their lives in the collision can take civil action against the driver. The families can file wrongful death suits claiming that the driver was negligent, and that his negligent actions led to their loved one’s loss of life. The families can attempt to claim appropriate damages in light of the tragic accident.
Source: wchstv.com, “Three Killed In Car Crash In Scioto County, Ohio“, Kathleen B. Fisher and Katelyn Sykes, Dec. 2, 2014