On Nov. 6, a Stark County accident involving five vehicles left one individual dead and two other people injured, authorities stated. The chain-reaction incident involved three passenger vehicles, a school bus carrying seven students and a dump truck, reportedly.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the fatal car accident occurred in Pike Township on State Route 800. That is where a commercial dump truck driven by a 61-year-old man purportedly rear-ended a Ford Fusion that was stopped at a traffic light. The impact spurred on a chain-reaction crash involving a 2006 Subaru Forester, a 2011 Ford Escape and a school bus.
The driver of the Fusion suffered fatal injuries on account of the crash, reportedly. Officials at Aultman Hospital declared him dead. The seven students were not hurt in the collision and were released to their parents, authorities said. The driver of the Escape was taken to Aultman Hospital for treatment, while the driver of the Forester was transported to Mercy Medical Center. Both individuals suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police reportedly do not suspect that alcohol had a role in the incident. According to police, the accident is still under investigation.
In multiple-vehicle accidents, such as this one, the at-fault driver is not always easily identified. In such cases, the family of a deceased victim wishing to pursue civil action might wait for the police investigation to be completed. In this way, they may retain an attorney to help assemble the evidence that comes to light into a wrongful death claim. If successful, the family might receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as the loss of companionship and protection, as well as for economic damages, such as the costs associated with the decedent's funeral.
Source: WKYC, "Man dies in 5-vehicle crash", November 07, 2014