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Impairment suspected in car accident that killed off-duty officer

Police officers are prepared for the dangers they face while on-the-job, but when they are not, many of them feel as though they can relax and enjoy their days. Even so, they are probably more keenly aware of the potential for a car accident than most people are. However, that does not keep them from becoming victims just like every other person driving Ohio's roadways.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Route 125 that happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered that one of the two vehicles careened across the center line into the oncoming lane of travel. When it did so, it ended up directly in the path of a vehicle headed in the opposite direction.

The resulting head-on collision killed the driver of the victim vehicle, who turned out to be an off-duty police officer. The wrong-way driver, a 31-year-old man, declined any medical treatment. Police suspect him of being impaired at the time of the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicular homicide. At last report, the officers had yet to complete the investigation into this devastating crash.

If the evidence supports the officers' assertion that the man was impaired, it could be useful to the surviving family members of the officer. This fact could help prove negligence in a wrongful death claim filed against that driver in an Ohio civil court. Successfully proving that the death of their loved one resulted from negligence or recklessness could result in an award of damages that may help the family with the financial losses associated with this tragic car accident.

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