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Ohio woman killed after being hit by a car

On Dec. 1, a 59-year-old woman from Columbus was killed in an accidedent as she was attempting to cross a South Linden street. The incident reportedly occurred just after 3 p.m. at an intersection on Cleveland Avenue.

Authorities stated that a 27-year-old female driver was traveling south on Cleveland when her vehicle collided with the woman. It appeared that the older woman was attempting to cross the street in a place where there was no crosswalk. The collision caused the vehicle to jump the sidewalk and strike several cars that were sitting parked in a used-car lot. The report stated that the driver did not suffer any injuries.

When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries. In some cases, the injuries may be severe enough that the pedestrian may not survive. If this is the case, a personal injury attorney may determine if the driver was responsible for causing the fatal accident by reviewing the police investigation report, the testimony of eyewitnesses and other evidence.

In the event that the attorney finds that the driver who hit the pedestrian was negligent, then the attorney may find it advisable to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for the losses that the family members have sustained. In addition to funeral and burial expenses, other applicable damages that could be sought might include the loss of support, in the event that the decedent was a contributor to household expenses, as well as loss of companionship.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Woman killed when hit by car in South Linden", Jim Woods, Dec. 1, 2015

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