According to authorities, a single-vehicle accident in Ohio City left a man dead. Police reportedly suspect that impaired driving and excessive speeding contributed to the Sept. 21 incident.
Reportedly, a 25-year-old driver was traveling at high speeds in a Nissan 240SX on the West 28th Street Shoreway exit when the car crashed into a barrier and a guardrail in the vicinity of Washington Avenue. A 33-year-old passenger in the vehicle was injured in the accident, authorities said. Emergency personnel transported the passenger to MetroHealth Medical Center, where officials declared him dead after he succumbed to his accident-related injuries. The driver did not report suffering any injuries.
According to authorities, the 25-year-old driver was arraigned on Sept. 23 in Cleveland Municipal Court. He is facing at least one count of aggravated vehicular homicide. According to police, the 25-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal car accident.
While this particular case has yet to be adjudicated, DUI accidents, in general, often give rise to not merely criminal charges but also civil action. For, people who suffer damages in association with accidents caused by impaired driving may be entitled to financial compensation via civil action, such as a personal injury lawsuit. In the event that the drunk-driving accident caused a fatality, certain family members of the decedent may retain a lawyer and file a wrongful death claim.
In this way, bereaved family members may seek compensation for the pecuniary damages they suffered as a result of the sudden and unexpected death of their loved one, including but not limited to funeral costs and the expenses related to the decedent's estate administration. In order to prevail, claimants in a wrongful death suit must show a civil court that the impaired driver should be held liable for the damages consequent to the accident, citing negligence.
Source: cleveland.com, "Driver charged in Ohio City crash that killed Cleveland passenger", Brandon Blackwell, September 23, 2014