For whatever reason, some people flee from the scene of a crash. It always complicates matters, but when people die in hit-and-run car accidents, the stakes are often much higher for surviving family members. Some families could get the chance the find some justice for their loss if the fleeing driver is found or comes forward.
Recently, a 26-year-old man here in Ohio went to the police in connection with a crash that took place in Dec. 2018. Two people died in that accident -- a 34-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman. At around 2:30 a.m. on that fateful night the man who turned himself in reportedly blew through a stop sign at a high rate of speed. That is when his vehicle slammed into the vehicle occupied by the unsuspecting victims.
Both of the deceased victims were thrown from the vehicle during the impact. The woman died at the hospital, and the man died at the scene. Witnesses told police they believe the man now in custody actually drove the vehicle, but left the scene before police arrived. The woman he left at the scene smelled of alcohol and escaped with only minor injuries.
The Ohio couple had young children together who now have no parents. The community gathered to celebrate the twins' birthday, and their half-sister was also in attendance. This gesture may help them through this tragedy, but it is not a long-term solution for their care. Now that the individual suspected of driving the vehicle is in police custody, surviving family members of the couple can file wrongful death claims seeking restitution to help raise the children and justice for them as others have done in similar car accidents.