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Ohio man sentenced in fatal pedestrian accident

A man has been sentenced for his role in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in Toledo on February 12. The 84-year-old Toledo man had pleaded no contest to the charges of failure to stop and aggravated vehicular homicide.

According to authorities, the fatal accident happened when the driver, who was traveling east on West Alexis Road, hit a pedestrian. The driver then continued to his apartment. Police later arrested the man at his residence. The pedestrian, a 59-year-old man, was transported to ProMedica Toledo Hospital where he was declared dead.

A blood test revealed that the driver's BAC at the time of the accident was slightly higher than the state legal limit. The driver was sentenced to six months of jail time. The man will also have to use an alcohol-detention device for electronic monitoring for six months after being released from jail. His license has been permanently suspended, and for three years of probation after his release, he will have to submit to random breath tests. Additionally, he must perform 200 hours of community service.

In a case like this, the family of the decedent may choose to file a wrongful death claim. The information from criminal proceedings, such as the charges a motorist faces and the plea a he or she enters, could be used to show that a driver was liable and negligent. A family might receive restitution for loss of financial support and services as well as for loss of the company of the deceased, which includes loss of companionship, care, attention and guidance.

Source: The Blade, "Man, 84, going to jail for fatal car accident", Maya Averbuch, July 31, 2014

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