A 37-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a wrong-way car crash on Dec. 28. The accident occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m. in Solon.
According to police, the suspect was driving his Jeep Liberty eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 422 when he struck an oncoming Saturn Vue head-on. A passenger in the Jeep, a 44-year-old woman, was seriously injured in the crash. The Saturn's 20-year-old male driver was also seriously hurt. Both victims were transported to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment.
The suspect was given a series of field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, which police said he failed. He was arrested and later registered a .184 reading on a blood alcohol content level breath test. He has been charged with drunk driving, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and illegally crossing a divided highway. His bond was set at $20,000 at a hearing in Bedford Municipal Court.
Anyone who suffers serious injuries in an automobile accident that happened due to the negligence of another driver, such as a drunk driver who was traveling the wrong direction on a roadway, may wish to consult with a personal injury lawyer to explore their best course of legal action. A lawyer could use police reports and blood alcohol content level tests as the basis for a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused the car crash. If the lawsuit is successful, an injured victim may receive monetary compensation for damages they suffered as a result of the accident, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, wages lost while they are recovering and other losses.
Source: cleveland.com, "Bainbridge man accused of being drunk, causing wrong-way crash that injured two", Evan MacDonald, December 31, 2014