Ohio police say driver who caused fatal crash may have been drunk

Police in Ohio say that the 31-year-old man who caused a fatal accident in Franklin County during the early morning hours of Dec. 2 may be charged with vehicular homicide. Officers from the Columbus Division of Police who responded to the scene say that he smelled of alcohol when paramedics pulled him from his badly damaged Pontiac sedan. Media outlets have reported that the man has never held an Ohio driver's license and was convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in both 2013 and 2015.

The accident took place on the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 near East 11th Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m. According to a CDP report, the sequence of events unfolded after the man lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete median. The resulting chain-reaction crash involved four vehicles. The two occupants of the second vehicle and the driver of the fourth vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

The 31-year-old man and his female passenger were critically injured in the crash and transported to Grant Hospital by emergency services workers. Two passengers from the fourth car involved were also hurt in the accident. Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles records reveal that in addition to his two OVI convictions, the man has been cited for driving without a valid driver's license on 18 occasions and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Establishing negligence in motor vehicle accident lawsuits may be straightforward when the driver responsible has been charged with drunk driving and faces decades behind bars, but incarcerated individuals do not have the capacity to earn a living and make restitution. In situations such as these, experienced personal injury attorneys may file a lawsuit against the negligent driver's estate or auto insurance company.

Source: WTAP, Multi-car crash in Columbus kills 3 people, injures 5 others, Associated Press report, Dec. 2, 2018Source: WBNS, Police: Alcohol suspected in triple-fatal crash, driver could be charged, Glenn McEntyre, Dec. 4, 2018

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