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Alleged heroin use causes serious injury in car accident

According to authorities with the Ohio State Patrol, a 27-year-old man was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle collision that occurred on Nov. 11 in Clay Township. The accident reportedly occurred around 3 p.m. at an intersection.

Patrol officers reported that a 35-year-old Celina woman failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the vehicle being driven by the man. The force of the collision caused the man's car to be split in half, with one-half of the vehicle hitting a school bus and the other half crashing into a UPS truck.

Emergency personnel transported the man to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He reportedly remained there in serious condition one day after the incident. The bus driver and the children on the bus were not injured. The UPS driver also escaped without injury. The woman is believed to have been driving under the influence of heroin at the time of the wreck. She was arrested and taken into custody, and she is currently facing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI. A male passenger in her car was taken into investigative custody.

In addition to criminal charges, people who operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be held civilly liable for their wrongful conduct in the event they cause a car accident. People who are seriously injured in such a wreck may be able to recover damages for their losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Victims of impaired drivers may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to review relevant facts in order to identify all possible claims and recoverable damages.

Source: WHIO, "Victim ‘serious’ in heroin-suspected OVI crash", November 11, 2014

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