For those Franklin County residents who have been keeping up with the deadly texting while driving case in the eastern part of our state, a new twist has been announced. The 21-year-old driver who admitted that she was texting when she struck and killed a man who was taking his morning walk has entered a plea of no contest. Apparently having reached a plea agreement with the prosecutor's office, this means she will not face a jury trial after all. The family of the victim in the fatal accident made no comment after the hearing.Back in August, the driver rejected a plea deal. That meant she was facing a jury trial, which could have led to serious jail time upon conviction. By entering her plea of no contest to a charge of vehicular homicide, she will now be sentenced sometime in January after a pre-sentence investigation. The charge against her carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
Riding a bike in Columbus can be an enjoyable and healthy form of transportation. However, bicyclists are too often at risk when drivers fail to proceed with due caution on Ohio roadways. With that concern in mind, Columbus residents may be saddened to hear of a 20-year-old man who was recently struck by a pickup truck and killed while riding his bike alongside Interstate 270. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene of the fatal accident at about 5 in the morning. The bicyclist was transported to Grant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. The 25-year-old driver of the pickup was interviewed at the scene, and police ruled out alcohol, weather and excessive speed as factors that might have led to the accident. According to the Franklin County sheriff's office, the part of the interstate where the incident occurred was not lit, and the deceased was wearing dark clothing. However, the accident is still under investigation.
As readers of this blog are likely well aware, every motorist has a legal responsibility to drive safely. A failure to do this may not only lead to a loss of driving privileges, but it may also cause serious or even fatal injuries. Unfortunately, that was the case with a recent car accident that took place in Franklin Township.
A faulty electrical system is believed to be the cause of a fatal mobile home fire that claimed the lives of three children of an Ohio family represented by Tim Van Eman of Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mobile home park's owner, alleging that as a landlord, he was required under Ohio law to provide the mobile home in a safe condition to his tenants. The family alleged that the mobile home that was rented to them had multiple electrical defects, which ultimately led to a fire in the early morning hours of March 21, 2009.
Two men were fatally injured in a trucking accident that occurred on Oct. 3 in Columbus. A third man who was involved in the accident was not hurt. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the fatal crash, the 43rd and 44th traffic-related fatalities in Columbus this year.
Police are investigating after a Columbus man was killed in a chain reaction crash caused by a tractor-trailer on US Highway 30. The semi-truck caused a three-car collision after it barreled through a traffic light. Trucking accidents like this one are often fatal due to the sheer weight and force of the vehicle. The danger of accidents involving tractor-trailers is often high due to their frequent use of major highways.
No matter what the weather is like outside or what time of day it is, people are involved in car crashes. Often, a car accident can cause permanent physical damage, from which the victims do not recover, and other times the accident ends a life. A woman was killed in Franklin recently, after a head on collision with another car.
The emotional impact of a fatal car accident can leave loved ones with emotional scars that last a lifetime. In some cases, family members can find solace in seeking justice for the deceased. This may be especially true for people who lose loved ones as a result of another person's recklessness or negligence. Recently, the family of a 19-year-old Ohio teen who was killed in an auto accident in March filed a wrongful death suit against a toy company.