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2 die in alleged drunk-driving head-on crash

According to officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, two people were killed in a two-car collision on Feb. 14 in Pickerington. The accident reportedly happened on Pickerington Road around 12:24 a.m.

Officers reported that a 21-year-old Pickerington man was driving a 2007 Mazda 6 south on the road. A 35-year-old Pataskala man was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry north at the same time. The 21-year-old man reportedly traveled over the centerline of the roadway, colliding head-on into the 35-year-old's Camry a short distance north of Stemen Road.

Responding emergency personnel called in representatives from the Fairfield County Coroner's Office, and both men were declared dead at the scene of the accident. Police officials indicated that their investigation was still continuing at the time of reporting. However, they were able to release as statement suggesting that they believe that alcohol was a factor in crash.

Every year, many people die in accidents caused by drunk drivers. When a person is killed in such an automobile accident, the person's family may experience a combination of significant and unexpected expenses and losses combined with overwhelming grief. When the drunk driver is also killed in the accident they caused, the family may file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against their estate. Through such a lawsuit, the family may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their losses suffered because of their loved one's death. Families may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to learn about their options and the possible compensation they might receive after filing an action in court.

Source: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, "Two dead in Violet Township crash," Feb. 14, 2015

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