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Pastor killed in car accident, wife and teen boy critical

Car accidents involving teens in Franklin County are definitely tragic, but sadly are not unheard of -- in fact, they are fairly common. The reasons behind the frequency of accidents involving young drivers are numerous. First and foremost, teens are less experienced behind the wheel. They simply do not have the hours of behind the wheel experience a more seasoned driver possesses. However, that may not afford them much slack when they are involved in a crash that is deemed by police to be their fault. This is true regardless of the age of the driver found at fault. A recent accident in neighboring Marysville is one such case.

A 17-year-old football quarterback was driving his car with two other people in it when the crash occurred. According to police, the youngster drove into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head on. This accident resulted in the teen suffering critical injuries. The two other occupants in the vehicle were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car, a 77-year-old man and his wife, 79, also suffered severe injuries -- ultimately resulting in the man's death. The woman remains in critical condition.

The Plain City man, an interim pastor at a local church, clearly had a strong following. He and his wife were heading home following a church gathering when the accident occurred. One of the church members reportedly stated that the pastor was very important to the church and was loved by the entire congregation.

Tragic as they are, car accidents are quite common whether here in Franklin County or elsewhere. Anyone who is involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident may want to consider seeking the guidance of a personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney may be able to help in finding the best solution for compensation following an accident.

Source: 10tv, "Head-On Crash Kills Pastor, Injures High School Quarterback," Sept. 17, 2011

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