Sunday: a tragic day on Ohio roadways and a reminder to drivers

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Although details are still emerging from two deadly motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Ohio Sunday, it can be confirmed that, as of the time media stories concluded initial reports, six people were reported as dead in the separate incidents.

The first fatal car accident occurred around 11 a.m. about 40 miles south of Youngstown in Columbiana County, when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee crossed a center line and hit a Chevy Equinox SUV in a head-on collision. Both the driver of the SUV and his wife, a front-seat passenger, died in the crash. Another passenger — an 11-year-old girl — also failed to survive the accident.

The SUV was reportedly carrying seven children. The six that survived the accident were all taken to local hospitals, with their conditions being unknown at the time of initial media reports or this post. It is known that none of those killed in the crash were wearing seat belts.

The driver of the Cherokee and her infant son (the only other occupant in the vehicle) were reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries. An Ohio Highway Patrol spokesperson stated following the crash that no charges had been filed in the matter, which would continue to be investigated.

The second crash occurred about 40 miles north of Columbus on Sunday evening. That accident involved a single vehicle, which left a road and hit a tree. Three occupants of the car — the driver and two back-seat passengers — reportedly died at the accident site. There was one survivor, who was listed in critical condition Sunday evening following her arrival at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Such stories are indeed tragic and difficult to both report and read. They certainly serve as strong reminders for Ohio motorists to exercise constant vigilance while out on state roads and highways.

Source: The Washington Post, “6 killed in 2 separate Ohio car crashes,” Jan. 20, 2014