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Ohio man who killed pedestrian in accident sentenced to prison

Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it is seemingly more difficult when that loss comes at the hands of a negligent driver. One Ohio family might find a little bit of comfort in knowing that the driver who killed their loved one has been convicted on charges related to the fatal car accident.

The accident occurred at around 12:40 on the morning of July 21, 2013, when the man was driving a 1994 Toyota Corolla without the headlights on. He ran into a pedestrian and fatally wounded her. She died at the hospital two hours after the accident.

Instead of staying on the scene of the accident, he opted to leave. He parked the car near an acquaintance's home, but the people who were with the woman who was struck got a partial license plate number and a description of his car.

The day after the accident, the man wouldn't explain the damage to his vehicle to his acquaintance. The acquaintance then called law enforcement. The night of the accident, the man was driving with a suspended driver's license.

He entered a no-contest plea, so he didn't admit guilt or dispute the facts listed in the indictment. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Half of his prison sentence was for failure to stop after an accident. The other half of his sentence was for vehicular manslaughter. His driver's license was suspended for five years.

The acts of this man led to the death of a woman who fought hard to live. She overcame childhood cancer only to have her life taken by someone who didn't have the right to drive.

Anyone who has lost a family member in a tragic Ohio car accident might get some satisfaction seeing the responsible party was sentenced on criminal charges. That, however, won't help to lessen the financial burden of final expenses and other expenses related to the accident. The family members might opt to seek compensation for their loved one's death by making claims for those expenses related to the accident.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Driver gets 3 years for Victorian Village hit-skip death" John Futty, Apr. 17, 2014

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