The Ohio Highway Patrol reports there have been at least 230 vehicle crash deaths confirmed in the state so far this year. If you add the 31 additional deaths that have not yet been officially verified, the number stands at 261. Last year at this time, the number of people killed on Ohio roads stood at 250 confirmed dead. Public safety officials are likely to agree that this is not a good trend.
One of the latest fatal vehicle accidents reported occurred just today in Licking County. Officials report that it is the fourth fatal crash in the area this year. Authorities identify the victim as a 61-year-old woman from Granville. She was killed after a head-on crash at about 10:39 a.m.
Every accident that results in a death is cause for grief. When the accident appears to be the result of some reckless or negligent behavior on the part of another, the misery can be amplified. Survivors of the victims deserve to know that while their pain can't be taken away, it may be possible to hold the responsible person accountable through a civil action.
In this case, the details provided by authorities seem to suggest that a 19-year-old Johnstown woman caused the tragedy. They say she was driving south on Northridge Road in an SUV when she drove onto the right shoulder of the two-lane road. In the process of trying to get back onto the road, she apparently overdid it and crossed into the path of an oncoming small car being driven by the older woman.
Police say the car then went off the road to the right and began flipping after hitting a ditch. They say the driver, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was ejected as the car rolled. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The SUV driver was buckled in and survived. She was taken to a hospital in Columbus for treatment of minor injuries.
Source: Newark Advocate, "61-year-old Granville woman killed in St. Albans Township crash," May 2, 2014
Source: Ohio Highway Patrol, "Ohio Fatal Crashes 2014 YTD," May 2, 2014