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Driver charged in motorcycle crash that killed Akron dad

An Ohio man has been charged in connection with a December crash that killed a motorcyclist in Akron. Authorities accuse him of being a negligent driver and operating a vehicle without a valid license.

On Dec. 27, the 20-year-old defendant was driving his sedan when he attempted to turn left, pulling into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle's 31-year-old driver locked his rear wheel to try to avoid a collision, but he crashed into the side of the car. The victim, a father of two, was thrown from his bike and died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

The defendant was charged in Akron Municipal Court with first-degree misdemeanor counts of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter. Each charge carries a sentence of to up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. In 2013, the defendant was also charged after he fled the scene of a one-car accident. He pleaded guilty to a single count of hit-skip. His license was suspended for six months.

In addition to any criminal charges a negligent driver may face following a fatal car crash, they could also be sued in civil court by the family of a deceased accident victim. With the help of an attorney, the victim's family could file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for pecuniary damages, such as funeral and burial costs, loss of income and property losses. They may also ask for non-pecuniary damages for emotional losses, like loss of companionship and pain and suffering before death. Those who have lost a loved one in a car accident could learn more about their legal rights by consulting a lawyer.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Man charged in fatal motorcycle crash that killed Akron man," Adam Ferrise, March 3, 2015

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