Two people were killed and a third was critically injured in a collision in Lorain County on Feb. 20. The accident occurred after one man drove his vehicle left of the center line into the path of oncoming traffic. The afternoon crash caused the closure of the road for about four hours after the incident.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, a 64-year-old Barberton man, headed east on Ohio 18 in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, drove into the westbound lanes and crashed into the side of a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country causing the fatal car accident. The Pontiac ended up in the middle of the road and the Chrysler spun on the north side of the road.
The driver of the Chrysler, a 49-year-old Medina man, and the driver of the Pontiac were killed in the accident. A 59-year-old Barberton woman, a passenger in the Pontiac, was taken via air to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for treatment of critical injuries. Police are investigating the incident to determine what caused the crash and whether alcohol or other factors, such as drugs, distracted driving or weather or road conditions, played a role in the incident.
The family of a deceased victim in an accident such as this one might consider filing a wrongful death claim against the liable driver. A personal injury lawyer might assist the family to build a case that shows negligence on the part of the liable driver by using the information gathered in the police investigation. The claim might be filed even if liability is assigned to a driver killed in the incident. If the family files a successful claim, the family might receive compensation for any medical costs incurred to treat the victim prior to death as well as for the funeral and burial expenses. Additionally, the family might also receive remuneration for loss of companionship.