One person was killed in an accident involving four vehicles in Wayne County, and three others were injured. At the time of reporting, it was unknown if alcohol or drugs had played a role in the multiple-vehicle collision.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the fatal car accident occurred in Canaan Township at about 5:24 p.m. on Route 83 near Pleasant Home Road. A Subaru that was traveling south attempted to pass the semi-truck that was in front of it in a no-pass zone. However, the Subaru did not have enough clearance, and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Subaru collided with the left side of the semi-truck and then crashed into a northbound Chrysler and another northbound vehicle, a Chevrolet. The original impact forced the trailer to travel off the side of the road, finally coming to a stop in a field.
The driver of the Chevrolet was killed in the accident. The other drivers were also injured. One person, the driver of the Chrysler, was treated at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Subaru was first taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The injuries of the person driving the semi-truck were not life-threatening, according to reports, but were treated at Lodi Hospital.
In similar incidents, family members of the decedent wanting to file a wrongful death lawsuit might wait until the liable driver is identified, which is not always clear in a multiple-vehicle accident. Liability and negligence might be shown through evidence from the police investigation, such as not following the rules of traffic. If the victim's family files a successful wrongful death claim, the family might be entitled to economic and noneconomic damages, including remuneration for medical, funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support and loss of companionship.