A Youngstown accident claimed the lives of two men and seriously injured another, according to authorities. The Nov. 27 accident reportedly took place on Lansdowne Boulevard at approximately 2 a.m. and allegedly involved a hit-and-run vehicle.
According to authorities, three men, ages 50, 51 and 52, were driving down Lansdowne Boulevard in a 1991 Oldsmobile when they were struck by a vehicle that witnesses described as a tractor-trailer. The car immediately became engulfed in flames, trapping all three occupants inside. The 51-year-old man and 52-year-old man were both passengers in the fiery Oldsmobile and both died before rescue crews arrived to the scene, reportedly.
However, rescue workers did extract the 50-year-old driver from the burning vehicle, and they transported him to a hospital, where he received treatment for burns and appeared to have survived the incident.
According to the Youngstown Police Department, witnesses saw a semi-truck at the accident scene. However, when rescue crews arrived to the scene, there was only one vehicle at the site of the accident, the fiery Oldsmobile. Police are still investigating the event, authorities reported.
Identifying the alleged hit-and-run driver may be critical for the families of the deceased accident victims if they were to retain a lawyer and pursue civil action in relation to the accident. If so, the driver as well as the driver's employer may be named as defendants in wrongful death lawsuits. The lawyer may assist the families of the decedents to marshal together the necessary components of a convincing wrongful death claim, such as evidence of the hit-and-run driver's negligence and proof of the damages suffered by the bereaved families on account of the hit-and-run accident. If the claimants in the lawsuit were to prevail, they might receive financial compensation for many of their losses.
Source: WFMJ.com, 'Youngstown police identify victims burned in double fatality," Nov. 21, 2014
Source: WYTV, "Fatal hit-and-run victims identified", November 28, 2014