Around 10 p.m. on April 20, two vehicles collided resulting in the death of two females and the serious injury of a male and female in the other vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 83 and West Smith Road.
An 84-year-old Wellington man, along with his 80-year-old female passenger, were driving west on West Smith Road when they neglected to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of State Route 83. They struck a 2001 PT Cruiser being driven by a 25-year-old Wakeman woman. She was accompanied by a 36-year-old Elyria woman. Both women were thrown from the vehicle. They were transported to Medina Hospital but later died as a result of their injuries.
The Wellington man and his passenger were transported to Medina Hospital as well but were later transferred to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Both remain in serious condition. Ohio officials are continuing to investigate.
In a situation where an accident results in fatalities, the driver who is believed to be negligent will likely be responsible for damages caused in the accident. In this case, the man who ran the stop sign may be found accountable and would thus be liable for the costs related to the accident. These costs could include property damages and medical bills as well as compensation for the emotional pain and suffering experienced by the family members. The court may also take into account the loss of future earning and cost of care for dependents of the victims.
Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with car accidents that cause injuries may help the family members collect a financial award. Attorneys who practice in personal injury may also be able to connect them with resources to help them manage the grief and confusion that accompanies the loss of a loved one.
Source: WKYC, "2 women killed in Medina County crash," April 20, 2015