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1 injured in 2-car collision

Highway officials in Ohio report that a two-car crash in Canaan Township left two individuals injured. Police believe that a reckless, impaired driver caused the accident.

According to the report, the wreck transpired shortly before 4:30 p.m. in Canaan Township while a motorist was alerting a 911 operator of an individual driving erratically near Ewing Road on state Route 83. A 68-year-old woman driving a Ford Fusion was injured when the alleged reckless driver, a 23-year-old West Salem man, operating a southbound vehicle on Route 83 suddenly swerved over into the opposite land and into the path the Ford. The man's vehicle traveled off the road and came to a stop after smashing into a traffic sign.

When they responded to the scene, rescue crews cut the female driver out of her vehicle and took her to Wooster Community Hospital for treatment. She received further treatment for unknown injuries at Akron General Medical Center. A medical helicopter flew the other driver to Summa Akron City Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the male driver admitted to investigators that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash but declined taking a blood test. Police have charged him with operating a vehicle while impaired and reckless operation. Once the investigation is concluded, the driver may be further charged with aggravated vehicular assault, law enforcement official report.

Whenever someone is injured in a car accident due to the actions of an impaired driver and wishes to file a personal injury claim for compensation, certain documentation is typically required for evidence. Besides information from police reports, the injured party's medical reports, any accident-related records of expenses and eyewitness statements may be used in the case. In addition, evidence discovered in a separate criminal case might be used to strengthen a civil claim.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal , "Head-on crash seriously injures West Salem woman, 68; oncoming driver charged," March 25, 2015

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