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2 injured, 2 dead in Ohio car chase involving police

A single-car accident on July 6 in Wayne Township resulted in the deaths of two men. Reports suggest that two other individuals who were involved were severely injured as well. Authorities believe that both alcohol and excessive speed may have been factors in the accident.

The accident reportedly occurred on State Route 727 after a 36-year-old male driver sped away from officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at Stonelick State Park. The ODNR officers then pursued the driver who crashed near Shiloh Road. Two male occupants died after they were thrown from the vehicle. One of the men had reportedly worn a seat belt.

According to reports, a medical helicopter transported the driver and another passenger, a 31-year-old woman, to UC Medical Center where they were treated for major injuries. The woman was later released from the hospital but the driver, who fractured his collarbone and several of his ribs, remained hospitalized. A friend of the driver reportedly stated that the driver was consuming alcohol prior to the accident. He further said that the car he was operating at the time of the crash did not belong to him and that he was driving without a license. It was reported that police had yet not issued any citations or filed charges against the driver.

If a driver is at fault in a fatal car accident, surviving family members of the deceased might be able to hold that party financially liable by naming them as a defendant in a wrongful death suit. Information from police reports and witness accounts may be used as evidence in proving that the driver was negligent.

Source: WLWT, "Friend of driver involved in fatal Clermont Co. crash: He didn't have license ", Emily Wood, July 08, 2014

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