A five-vehicle wreck following a hit-and-run in Ohio resulted in the deaths of three people on July 14. Two of the vehicles involved in the fatal car accident caught fire, which is what led to the deaths of the occupants of one of the cars.
The accident occurred on Delaware Avenue near the intersection with Executive Drive in Marion just before 3:30 p.m. A car driven by a 43-year-old man sideswiped a Honda driven by a 49-year-old Marion woman. The man then continued southbound on Delaware and struck four cars that were coming to a stop at the intersection.
One of the four cars, a Buick, caught fire. The 45-year-old Marion woman who was driving, her 50-year-old husband and their 27-year-old daughter were trapped inside the burning car and died. A Dodge driven by a 30-year-old Marion man and carrying six other people also caught fire. Bystanders were able to help free the occupants of that car.
Emergency crews took the occupants of the Dodge to OhioHealth Marion General Hospital along with three other victims and the driver who caused the crash. Everyone who was hospitalized was expected to survive. Investigators are still working, but a witness statement indicated that a medical problem might have been a contributing factor. One of the driver's friends stated that he had a history of physical ailments.
The grief of losing multiple members of a family is often devastating both emotionally and financially for surviving relatives. When a fatal crash occurs because of the negligent actions of a driver, such as not compensating for a known medical issue, a personal injury attorney could file a wrongful death claim against the driver on the family's behalf to compensate them for funeral expenses, medical bills, lost income and other damages.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, '3 killed, 11 injured in fiery crash in Marion," Jim Woods, July 15, 2014
Source: WRNS-10TV, "Three Dead, Several Injured After Fiery Car Crash In Marion", July 15, 2014