At some point, every driver, whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, sees the flashing lights of ambulances, police cars and fire trucks. It does not take much to realize this means an accident occurred and one or more of those involved suffered injuries. Just as the presence of other emergency vehicles indicates a crash, the presence of a medical helicopter at the scene of some car accidents means someone suffered severe injuries and may be close to death.
A medical helicopter responded to a recent crash that took place on Interstate 70 at around 2:30 a.m. Medical personnel determined that the 20-year-old man's injuries were severe enough to transport him to the hospital in this manner. Sadly, he did not survive the injuries he suffered in the accident. His 21-year-old passenger survived the crash with critical injuries for which he was later taken to another hospital via helicopter as well. The 22-year-old passenger managed to escape without serious injury.
The 37-year-old driver whose vehicle slammed into the victim's was taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular homicide and other charges. Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol suspect alcohol played a prominent role in this tragedy. The man's vehicle struck the side of the victim's and sent it careening into an exit sign and light pole before it flipped over.
The family of the deceased driver and the critically injured passenger likely face significant financial losses by the time all is said and done. Medical helicopters, medical personnel and hospital stays mean tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars out-of-pocket depending on the circumstances. Fortunately, Ohio law allows for victims of car accidents and/or their families to seek restitution from the party or parties believed at fault.