One person died in a head-on collision in East Union Township on December 19. The accident led to road closures that lasted for about two and a half hours.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the fatal car accident occurred at about 6:18 p.m. on State Route 57 north of U.S. 30. A 2002 Dodge Stratus, driven by an 18-year-old Dalton woman, was headed south when it collided head-on with a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, driven by a 67-year-old Orrville man. The impact caused both vehicles to spin around and end up on both lanes of State Route 57.
The driver of the Dodge was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The other driver suffered injuries that necessitated the use of a Life Flight to Akron City Hospital for treatment. Police reported that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. Based on initial reports, it was unclear what had caused the vehicles to collide head-on. In similar cases, however, driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and road and weather conditions are common factors.
If the police determine the Dodge driver to be at fault, the party injured in the accident might choose to file suit against the estate of the responsible driver, using evidence from the police investigation to show that the driver was both liable and negligent. In a successful claim, the individual might receive compensation for medical costs incurred as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. It may also be possible for the injured party to receive compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Source: WNCN, "Teen dies in East Union Township traffic accident", December 20, 2014