A Sept. 3 two-car crash on Ohio 61 in Greenfield Township resulted in the deaths of both drivers. The 76-year-old driver of a pickup truck was traveling east on Ohio 162 and did not yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Ohio 61. A 54-year-old woman was traveling south on Ohio 61 at the time, and the truck struck her vehicle.
When troopers arrived, both vehicles were on the side of the road. The driver of the truck was taken to Fisher Titus Medical Center, and the other driver was taken to Mercy Willard Hospital. Both were later pronounced dead. The 71-year-old passenger in the truck was seriously injured and transported to St. Vincent Medical Center for treatment.
Officers did note that the driver of the truck was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. In addition, there were no signs of drug or alcohol impairment.
When a car accident such as this one results in the death of both drivers, it may be difficult to discern negligence or fault. However, in this case, the man driving the truck apparently failed to obey a posted traffic device, which might be used as evidence of liability for the other driver's damages.
In cases where both drivers are deceased, the family of the one not found to be at fault in the accident may be able to file a claim against the estate of the other driver. Investigation results would be vital in these types of cases, especially if no witnesses were present at the time of the accident. An attorney working with the family of the deceased victim could help review evidence that might support their case.
Source: Sanduscky Register, "Two killed in crash", September 03, 2014