The Ohio State Highway Patrol have reported that an accident involving three vehicles on Feb. 27 has claimed the lives of two people. Both of the deceased individuals had been traveling in a sedan that is said to have run through a stop sign immediately before the collision. The accident occurred at the intersection of Chesrown Road and State Route 13 in Mansfield at approximately 5:45 p.m. The crash led to State Road 13 being closed to traffic for several hours.
According to an eyewitness, the sedan was proceeding westbound on Chesrown Road when it failed to stop as required at the intersection. The sedan was then struck on its passenger side by a van that had been traveling southbound on State Route 13. Emergency services personnel responding to the scene of the fatal accident discovered that the sedan and van had both overturned and struck a parked car.
A 39-year-old Ashland man who had been a front-seat passenger in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The 25-year-old woman who had been behind the wheel of the car was ejected by the collision, and she was transported by ambulance to an area medical facility where she was later pronounced dead. The 44-year-old man who had been driving the van was also transported to hospital. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
The unexpected loss of a loved one in a road traffic accident can leave families with serious financial problems as they struggle to come to terms with their grief. While some accidents may be unavoidable, many others are caused by negligent drivers. A personal injury attorney may file a wrongful death lawsuit against a reckless driver on behalf of the dependent family members of a fatal accident victim. This litigation could seek compensation for their medical and funeral expenses as well as the lost income of their loved one. If the negligent motorist is also killed in the accident, this kind of lawsuit could be filed against their estate.
Source: FOX 8, "Two dead in Franklin Township car crash", Ann Domeck, Feb. 28, 2015