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Crash involving sports utility vehicles kills 1

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a Defiance County accident on Sept. 12, according to authorities. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reportedly commenced an investigation into the crash.

According to troopers, the Mark Township car accident took place at the intersection of Buckskin and Openlander roads at approximately 5:20 p.m. A 53-year-old woman was driving an SUV west on Buckskin Road when she failed to halt at a stop sign and crashed into a northbound SUV, officials said. A 28-year-old Sherwood man was reportedly driving the second SUV. Both vehicles flipped several times as a result of the collision.

The 53-year-old woman was killed in the incident. Officials declared her dead at the scene of the crash. The 28-year-old man was transported via helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where officials listed him in serious condition. Reportedly, the incident remains under investigation.

If, hypothetically, further investigation into the crash were to conclude that a faulty auto part contributed to the accident, then the people who suffered losses in relation to the incident may be entitled to restitution via civil action. For, when accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities can be substantially attributed to defective auto parts, the responsible manufacturer may be held liable for the accident and its consequent damages.

For example, certain family members of people killed in accidents caused by faulty auto parts may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault automaker or parts manufacturer, seeking financial compensation for damages they suffered as a result of the fatal crash. These damages may be economic in nature, such as funeral costs and estate administration expenses related to the decedent.

Source: The Blade, "Toledo woman killed in car crash", September 14, 2014

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