An early morning accident in Chester Township involving a golf cart resulted in one person's death and injuries to two other people on Aug. 30. Police believe alcohol might have also played a role in the incident.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's investigation, the fatal accident took place at about 1:15 a.m. on Lehr Road when an E-Z Go Golf Cart overturned. Police report that the cart was being driven by a 42-year-old Wooster man and had been carrying two additional passengers when it veered left over an embankment and overturned.
The front seat passenger, a 49-year-old Jeromesville man, was killed during the accident. The other passenger, a 47-year-old woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Wooster Community Hospital. The driver also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the same hospital for treatment. According to investigators, the driver had been operating the cart at unsafe speeds. He has been charged with OVI, failure to maintain control and unsafe speed for conditions. Other charges are pending as police await the results of toxicology tests.
When alcohol plays a role in an accident, the driver might be found liable, and their actions may be deemed negligent. In these types of cases, the surviving family members of the decedent may decide to file a wrongful death claim. Cited damages may include loss of companionship and support. They might also receive some financial damages that can medical costs and burial expenses. In Ohio, the surviving family might also claim damages for the mental anguish they experienced due to their loved one's loss.
Source: News Net 5, "Man charged with OVI after golf car crash kills his passenger in Chester Township", Veronica McGraw, August 30, 2014