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Families may never view the holidays the same after car accidents

Memories play a big role in how people view and spend the holidays. When Ohio residents experience a tragedy during the season, it can change the way they view an otherwise fun and joyful season. Fatal car accidents are just one reason why families may never view the holidays the same way again.

One man's surviving family members may be in this position after a fatal crash that took place on Christmas night. The 20-year-old was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Road 144 and operated by a 19-year-old man who ran his vehicle into the back of a piece of farm equipment. That driver became trapped in the wreckage, and emergency responders had to cut him out before transporting him to a hospital in the area due to serious injuries.

Two other people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash as well. The 23-year-old and 25-year-old also suffered injuries and were transported to a second hospital for further treatment after being first sent to another hospital. The current conditions of the survivors are not known. Police believe that alcohol played a factor in the crash and continue to investigate.

It is not yet known whether the driver will face criminal charges in connection with the incident. Like other families who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, the family of the deceased passenger may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in an Ohio court in the pursuit of restitution for the financial losses incurred because of the crash. As for the two injured passengers, they may file personal injury claims as well.

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