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3 die in Ohio head-on collision

Three people were killed in a head-on collision on Ohio 16 in Pataskala on April 13. According to authorities, the crash occurred just before 9 p.m.

Pataskala police said a Toyota Camry was traveling west on the highway when it crossed the center line near Taylor Road in western Licking County and struck an oncoming Dodge Grand Caravan head-on. The occupants of the Toyota, a 79-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, were transported by ambulance to Mount Carmel East Hospital where they were later declared dead. They were both residents of Gahanna.

The driver of the Dodge, a 77-year-old Columbus man, was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Authorities indicated they did not believe alcohol or drugs had been a factor in the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

A fatal head-on collision could be caused by a number of factors, including distracted, impaired or fatigued driving or even a medical issue. When someone is killed in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, the decedent's surviving family members may wish to pursue a civil wrongful death claim against the responsible party. With the help of an attorney, the family could use police reports and crash reconstruction results to prove the at-fault driver was legally responsible for the death of their loved one. In the event the driver who caused the crash was also killed in the accident, a claim may be filed against their estate. Damages that could be sought could include medical expenses incurred before death, funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and other amounts permitted by statute.

Source: Newark Advocate, "Three killed in head-on crash are identified," April 14, 2015

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