A 28-year-old Fairborn man lost his life in a car crash in Bethel Township on May 7, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. near Medway New Carlisle Road and Schiller Road.
Authorities said the man was driving a pickup truck south on the 1800 block of Medway New Carlisle Road when the driver of a southbound car attempted to turn left to enter the Country Haven Mobile Home Park and cut him off. The two vehicles collided, and the pickup truck rolled over, coming to rest on its side. The pickup driver was not wearing a seat belt. He was partially ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the car, an 80-year-old Medway woman, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
A preliminary investigation by troopers from the Springfield post of the OHP found that the driver of the car failed to yield to the truck and caused the collision. Authorities did not indicate whether she would be cited for the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
Drivers must remain attentive to their surroundings at all times in order to prevent car accidents. If a police investigation determines that a driver's negligent actions caused a fatal car crash, the deceased victim's family could file a wrongful death claim against that driver independent of any criminal charges that may be filed. With the help of a lawyer, the family could attempt to prove that the at-fault driver is legally responsible for their loved one's death and seek compensation for their losses, including funeral costs, loss of income and loss of companionship.
WHIO, "1 killed, 1 hurt in Clark County car-truck crash," May 7, 2015