A 59-year-old Toledo man was killed on April 12 when his motorcycle was struck by a car in Ottawa County. The crash occurred at around 12:30 p.m.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victim was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson east on Ohio 2 when a westbound 2013 Buick Lacrosse swerved into his lane and hit the motorcycle, forcing both vehicles off the roadway. The driver of the Buick, a 74-year-old Northwood man, apparently veered into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting another vehicle that had been stopped in front of him in the westbound lane. The collision caused the victim, who was not wearing a helmet, to be ejected from his bike. He was pronounced dead by first responders at the scene. The driver of the Buick was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said it is not yet known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. The crash remains under investigation, and criminal charges are expected to be filed against the Buick driver.
Drivers have a responsibility to remain alert to their surroundings at all times in order to prevent needless accidents. Rear-end collisions, as well as near misses, are often caused by distracted, fatigued or reckless drivers who did not leave adequate braking distance between their vehicles and the vehicles ahead of them. Such miscalculations can cause a driver to make evasive maneuvers that have disastrous consequences for others who are on the road. In such a situation, a negligent driver may face civil litigation in addition to possible criminal charges. The family of the deceased victim may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and other damages.
Source: Sandusky Register,"Updated: 1 dead, 1 injured in Ottawa County crash," April 12, 2015