A fatal automobile accident that occurred on the foggy morning of March 12 has resulted in charges of negligent vehicular homicide and failure to stop after a fatal accident. The accident occurred in Jackson County, Ohio, about 7 miles west of Jackson. The victim, a 21-year-old male, was travelling on U.S. Route 35 when the crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m.
The defendant, a 41-year-old male, ran a stop sign as he left a rest area and merged onto U.S. Route 35 in a semi-truck. He drove into the path of the victim, causing the victim's pickup truck to strike the trailer portion of the semi. The victim's vehicle then crashed into the median. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The defendant allegedly did not stop after the car accident but kept driving until he was pulled over by Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies near the Winfield exit in Putnam County, West Virginia, shortly after the incident. He was then taken into custody. The defendant allegedly did not initially realize that he had been in an accident and noted that it was a foggy morning. He claims to have noticed the damages to his semi-truck but panicked and continued driving. He was extradited to Ohio on Thursday evening and awaits arraignment in the Jackson County Correctional Facility.
In a situation such as this, the family members and loved ones of the fatally injured individual may be eligible for compensation for damages such as funeral expenses and lost income. If a responsible party has been identified, a lawyer may then be able to evaluate and compile a civil claim in an effort to negotiate a settlement with the party at fault.
Source: WSAZ, "Update: Driver Charged in Deadly Accident Extradited Back to Ohio," March 13, 2015