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1 killed, 3 injured in head-on collision in Ohio

A head-on collision in Montville Township left one person dead and three others injured on Aug. 3. No charges had yet been filed while police continued to investigate the incident.

According to the Montville Police Department, the fatal car accident occurred around 10:22 p.m. on River Styx Road, near Turnberry Drive, on a straight stretch of road between two curves with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. A Jeep Grand Cherokee headed south slid across the center line and collided head-on with a Plymouth Acclaim that had been traveling north.

The driver of the Acclaim, a 16-year-old Bath woman, died at the scene of the crash. Her two passengers, a 16-year-old Montville woman and a 15-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman, suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep, a 26-year-old Rittman man, suffered serious injuries. All three were transported via air to local hospitals for treatment. Some of the victims had been trapped in the vehicles and had to be rescued. The accident caused the closure of the road for four hours while the victims were rescued and police investigated the crash.

In this case, the reason for the driver crossing the center line and colliding with the other car is unknown. Factors influencing car accidents can include weather and road conditions as well as things such as distracted driving, speeding or driving under the influence. In similar cases, the injured victims might choose to file personal injury claims if the investigation reveals a driver was acting negligently. In this type of claim, the victims might receive awards for compensation of the medical expenses they incurred during treatment of their injuries, for the pain and suffering they experienced from the moment of the accident, and for any lost income if they had to miss work due to the incident.

Source: Akron, "Bath teen killed in car accident", Maria Lindsay, August 07, 2014

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