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Fatal Ohio accident blamed on alcohol and speeding

The Ohio State Highway Patrol say that alcohol consumption and excessive speed are believed to have contributed to a fatal one-car accident during the early morning hours of June 1. The 24-year-old man behind the wheel of the car lost his life in the crash, and his two passengers were seriously injured. The accident took place on North Ridge Road in Lorain at approximately 1:00 a.m.

According to police, the car was first observed by officers running a red light at the intersection of North Ridge Road and State Route 58. Officers say that the car's driver lost control and struck a utility pole during the subsequent pursuit. Police reports indicate that the vehicle reached speeds of up to 90 mph during the pursuit. The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph. First responders arriving at the car accident scene pronounced the driver dead. The vehicle's two passengers were transported by paramedics to a medical facility in Cleveland for treatment.

The 19-year-old woman who had been traveling in the car's front passenger seat was listed in critical condition. The 22-year-old man who had been seated in the rear of the car was listed as being in stable condition. Reports indicate that he had been ejected from the car. Family members of the decedent say that knew that the man had been drinking, but that he did not heed their warnings about getting behind the wheel.

An injured victim of a drunk driving accident may pursue civil remedies even when the driver responsible is killed. In these situations, a personal injury attorney may assist a victim in preparing and filing a lawsuit against the driver's estate. This kind of litigation may seek to compensate accident victims for their lost income as well as the costs associated with their medical treatment.

Source: The Elyria Chronicle Telegram, Family mourns Lorain crash victim, Evan Goodenow, June 2, 2015

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