Authorities in Franklin County are in search of a truck driver who allegedly fled the scene of an accident after striking a motorcyclist who had collided with a third vehicle. The victim was in critical condition at Ohio State Medical Center as of July 5, according to a press release from the Dublin Police Department.
At approximately 3 a.m. on July 4, the victim was north of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard on Interstate 270 North when he was involved in a collision with a car that caused him to be thrown from his motorcycle. After the initial crash, a truck approached the site and ran over the motorcyclist as he lay in the road.
Witnesses described the truck, which fled the scene southbound, as a 20-foot model with a white box and red cab. The specific extent of the victim's injuries was unclear in the news report, and information was limited regarding the initial accident involving the car.
Injuries suffered after a motorcycle accident are already likely to be severe after the first impact. When another driver strikes the motorcyclist while he or she is prone, the risk of catastrophic injuries or death becomes far greater, possibly creating a fatal situation when a victim may have initially survived.
The account of this automobile accident implies cooperation with authorities on the part of the car's driver. If the driver of the truck is found before the statute of limitations expires, the family of the motorcyclist may be motivated by the truck driver's illegal behavior to focus a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against that person pending an attorney's advice. If evidence provides a reasonable expectation of liability on the car driver's part as well, they may seek compensation and insurance coverage from both parties.
Source: FOX 28, "Motorcyclist Hit By Car Then Run Over By Truck on Columbus Highway", July 05, 2014