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SUV driver charged in fatal crash with Ohio Amish family in buggy

A Sunday evening drive ended in tragedy for an Ohio Amish family when their buggy was hit by an allegedly drunk driver in Geauga County. A 28-year-old man died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. His two sisters, 19 and 23, were also injured, as was their mother. Their father refused treatment. To add to the tragedy, their horse, who broke away and ran down the road, was struck and killed by another vehicle.

The collision occurred around 9 p.m. on March 30. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, a 42-year-old man from Ashtabula County struck the buggy from behind with his SUV on Ohio 168, also known as Tavern Road. The accident occurred in the southbound lane near Ohio 700.

According to the Highway Patrol, the SUV driver did not stop after the crash. However, he did not get far. They say his vehicle was so badly damaged that it made it less than a mile. He was quickly apprehended by sheriff's deputies. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to Cleveland's 19 Action News, the SUV driver has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under suspension and DUI. He was jailed at the Geauga County Jail. He could face additional charges when the accident investigation is completed.

Victims of reckless and/or drunk drivers and their families often have to deal with medical costs, burial costs and sometimes lost wages. This is on top of the obvious emotional pain and suffering they face after an Ohio car accident. While no amount of money can make up for what happened, particularly when a loved one is lost, it can help ease the very real financial burdens they face. It can also provide some sense of justice. Personal injury attorneys can work to assist families in seeking compensatory and punitive damages in civil court that will help them move forward with their lives.

Source:, "Car-Amish buggy crash in Geauga County kills 1, sends 3 others to hospital (video)" Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group, Mar. 31, 2014

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