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Drunk driving suspected in fatal Ohio crash

A 66-year-old Oak Harbor man was fatally injured in a two-car crash in Ottawa County on April 25. The accident occurred around 1:33 p.m. in Carroll Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Police said a 1994 GMC 2500 pickup was headed west on Salem Carroll Road when a 2004 Chevrolet Venture van pulled out in front of it at Behlman Road. The vehicles collided, and the Chevrolet left the roadway and overturned. A male passenger in the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the crash scene. The van's driver, an 86-year-old Oak Harbor man, suffered undisclosed injuries and was airlifted to St. Vincent's Emergency Room in Toledo. The driver of the GMC was taken to Magruder Emergency Room with unspecified injuries.

Authorities said the Chevrolet driver failed to yield to the GMC at a stop sign. Alcohol is said to have played a role in the accident, and charges are pending. The accident remains under investigation.

Victims of drunk driving car crashes often suffer severe injuries that require weeks or months of recovery time. In some cases, they are left with a permanent disability that leaves them unable to work. Anyone who is injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver may wish to consult with a personal injury lawyer. It may be possible to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and other amounts. Likewise, surviving family members of anyone killed by a drunk driver may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit to recover funeral expenses and other damages.

Source: NBC24, "Fatal two vehicle crash in Ottawa County," Christopher Burns, April 26, 2015

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