When a parent puts his or her child’s care in the hands of another person, the parent trusts that person to look after and protect the child. However, even though they are in charge of not only their own children, but also other people’s children, some parents continue to exhibit neglectful behavior. One such Ohio parent was recently arrested under multiple charges after a fatal car accident occurred in which one of his 16-year-old passengers lost his life.
The father of a teenage son was driving his son and two of his son’s friends from Newport back to Cincinnati. The father reportedly lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a guardrail. The impact was so great that one of his son’s friends was ejected from the vehicle. He died from his injuries.
Upon further investigation, the police began to suspect that the man was traveling at speeds over 100 mph when he hit the rail. They also suspected that he was driving while intoxicated. Apparently, the man was previously convicted of OVI, speeding and child endangerment. With regard to the recent fatal accident, he has been accused of aggravated vehicular homicide, tampering with evidence and child endangerment.
Depending on the outcome of the fatal car accident investigation, the man could certainly be convicted of some or even all of the charges. Apart from any criminal proceedings, the teen’s family has the legal right to file an Ohio wrongful death suit against the man. This suit, if presented successfully with appropriate proof of negligence, could result in a monetary judgment for financial losses and other damages sustained as a result of the tragic accident.
Source: cincinnati.com, “Man indicted in I-275 crash that killed teen“, Adam Kiefaber, June 20, 2014