A 24-year-old Ohio woman has confessed to being the hit-and-run driver involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 70 in July 2014, according to the Pickerington Police Department. She was apprehended after authorities received an anonymous tip. Police said the suspect was driving east on I-70 near state Route 256 on July 16 when she allegedly veered over three traffic lanes and hit an eastbound Harley Davidson motorcycle. The collision killed the bike's 58-year-old female operator.
On March 9, authorities received an anonymous tip regarding the case. The tip claimed a male employee at a local business bragged that his daughter had gotten away with the hit-and-run. The employee was contacted, and he reportedly admitted his daughter was the driver involved in the incident. When the suspect came in for questioning, she allegedly confessed to hitting the motorcycle. She said she was distracted by her cellphone at the time of the accident.
According to police, the suspect's father and brother chopped up most of her vehicle in an attempt to destroy evidence of the crash. All three individuals may be charged in the case.
Distracted driving causes thousands of fatal car crashes each year. When a driver is texting or talking on a cellphone, they may not notice other vehicles around them and cause a deadly car accident. In addition to any criminal charges that may be filed against a distracted driver, they could also face civil litigation if the victim's family chooses to file a wrongful death lawsuit against them. If the lawsuit is successful, the at-fault driver may be forced to pay the family compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Source: NBC4i, "Police: Woman Admits To Pickerington Fatal Hit-Skip," Joe Clark, March 10, 2015