A 37-year-old Ohio man was killed in an alleged hit-and-run accident on Oct. 27. The Columbus Division of Police reports that the accident occurred at approximately 2:25 a.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate 670. Investigators say a 2007 Dodge Charger was headed eastbound near the Grandview Avenue area of the interstate when it caused a rear-end collision with a 1997 Toyota Camry.
When police arrived at the scene of the fatal car accident, they found only the damaged Camry. The driver trapped within the car was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Authorities report that it was necessary to cut the driver from the car due to the wreckage.
The driver of the Charger allegedly fled the scene of the accident and was later apprehended. The 21-year-old Whitehall resident was charged with failure to stop after an accident once Columbus police located him and his Charger. The eastbound lane of I-670 near Interstate 70 was closed for nearly six hours because of the crash. Police reopened the stretch of road at approximately 8 a.m. once the investigation was complete.
A driver who allegedly causes a fatal crash and then leaves the scene of the accident may face both criminal and civil actions. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal trial, a victim or a victim's family may choose to pursue a case for civil damages such as pain and suffering and the loss of companionship. A lawyer may be able to use evidence from the police investigation to further support a wrongful death lawsuit based on the driver's negligent behavior.
Source: WSPA, "Driver Charged After Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash On I-670", October 27, 2014