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Groom killed in suspected Ohio drunk-driving crash

Ohio authorities reported that a man died only hours after his wedding ceremony when a truck in which he and his new bride were passengers ran off the road. The accident occurred on Oct. 12 in Wyandot County around 4:00 p.m. The couple had reportedly been returning to the wedding reception with friends.

It is suspected that the driver, a man from Nevada, may have been under the influence of alcohol while driving. In addition to the groom, a 26-year-old woman was also killed in the crash, and the 37-year-old bride and the driver were seriously injured and taken to hospitals for treatment.

According to reports, the man was driving on Township Highway 135 when his truck left the highway, struck a utility pole and crashed down an embankment. The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the groom later died at the hospital after being transported for treatment. No other vehicles were reportedly involved.

When people tragically lose their lives in a fatal accident like this one, their loved ones may be able to seek compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit. If an accused driver is proven to have been drunk at the time of the crash, families may be able to recover compensatory damages as well as punitive damages for the driver's actions. Families are often able to receive compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, bereavement counseling, loss of current and future expected income, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other associated damages caused by the actions of the negligent driver. A personal injury attorney may be able to advise their clients regarding potential claims.

Source: Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, 'Man, friend killed in crash on wedding day", Kimberly Gasuras, Oct. 14, 2014.

Source: NBC News, "Ohio Groom, Friend Killed in Car Crash Hours After Wedding", October 14, 2014

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