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1 dead, 1 jailed in fatal Ohio crash

A two-car collision in Chardon Township left one driver dead and the other jailed after receiving treatment for minor injuries suffered in the crash. Among the charges the surviving driver now faces are improper passing, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and driving under suspension. The other driver killed in the collision died at the accident scene.

The fatal incident reportedly happened on State Route 44 at around 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 1 when the 30-year-old driver of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am traveling north attempted to get around another northbound vehicle near Hosford Road. The driver crossed the center dividing line and collided with a southbound 1992 Honda Civic.

The driver who died in the crash was a 35-year-old man from Mentor. The Pontiac driver received treatment for his injuries at Lake Health's TriPoint Medical Center and was then taken into custody, charged and held in the Geauga County Jail. Both drivers were reportedly wearing their seat belts, and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. However, an investigation into the fatal accident is underway.

The damage and devastation endured by a family is no less real whether a fatal car accident is caused by reckless or negligent driving behavior or poor road conditions. Just as real can be concerns about remaining economically and emotionally stable moving forward. These concerns can be particularly worrisome when the person lost was the primary provider for their family, which may include a spouse, children, parents and other dependent adults.

These survivors may be able to allay some of their concerns by bringing a wrongful death claim against those at fault for the death of their loved one. Guided by legal counsel, they might be able to identify all categories of recoverable losses and seek reimbursement of the damages directly caused by the accident.

Source: WKYC, "Mentor man killed in Geauga County crash", December 01, 2014

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