In 2012, an Ohio man was killed when a truck driver hit his motorcycle. The accident occurred on the highway in another state, but has certainly impacted his family back home. One of the most grievous aspects of this truck accident is that the at-fault driver fled the scene of the crash. As a result, law enforcement officials are pressing charges for hit and run.
Local law enforcement officials responded to the scene during the early morning hours for a possible injury and accident. Passersby on the interstate noticed victim and placed a 911 call stating that the man was found unresponsive, lying on the ground next to a motorcycle.
The 28-year-old victim suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to a local hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. Family members say that the man was headed on a cross-country road trip when it was tragically cut short.
The case was under investigation for many months and sought public assistance for any information on the matter. The truck driver was later named a suspect, but authorities haven't disclosed what kind of evidence led them to this charge. It is known that paint transfer samples were sent to a laboratory and that the motorcyclist was struck from behind.
The state is leading the charge in the semi-trailer accident and recently asked for the preliminary hearing to be continued because of new-developed information important to the prosecution, including an out-of-state witness.
Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the family of the victim may also have a claim against the truck driver in a wrongful death suit. In addition to evidence already presented in criminal court, an independent investigation can gather additional evidence necessary to show that the trucker or his employer was negligent This causal connection can allow families and victims to recover compensation for any losses resulting from an accident.
Source: WIBW News, "State Moves For Continuance In I-70 Hit & Run Case," Lindsey Rogers, Jan. 24, 2013