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Ohio 13 crash kills 1, injures 2

State highway officials say that on Aug. 26, a man died and two other people suffered injuries in a three-car accident on Ohio 13. The deadly collision happened between Ross Road and Honey Creek Road near Bellville around 7:30 a.m. and was the seventh fatal accident to occur in Richland County in 2014.

The highway patrol determined that a 29-year-old Mount Vernon man was in a minivan heading south when he crossed into northbound traffic and ran into a Chrysler sedan. After the initial car crash, the minivan hit a Ford pickup truck and then overturned. The minivan came to rest a bit west of the highway. The driver did not have a seat belt on and was pronounced dead after being taken to Knox Community Hospital.

A 31-year-old Bellville man was driving the pickup truck and received treatment for minor injuries at Knox Community Hospital. A 60-year-old Mount Vernon woman was driving the sedan and required medical attention. After being taken to Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, she was transferred to Columbus' Grant Medical Center.

When people suffer injuries in car accidents, they could be burdened with more than just physical pain; injured accident victims often suffer financial burdens because of medical expenses and wage loss. If a crash was the result of one individual's negligence, any victims may be eligible to recover these financial damages.

In addition to reimbursement for medical expenses and wage loss, victims who suffer incapacitating injuries that prevent them from returning to work might be compensated for loss of earning capacity and future wages. If their injuries require ongoing medical care, personal injury claims may lead to awards to cover these expenses.

Source: WMFD, "State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash Near Bellville", Brigitte Coles, August 27, 2014

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