An intersection in Ohio has caused many accidents in the past, and one of the most recent led to the death of a passenger in one of the vehicles. A man was driving on State Line Road, and he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Route 317. His car collided with a car that was coming down Route 317 — this car allegedly had not broken any traffic laws — and the collision was enough to put the two drivers in the hospital. The woman who was a passenger in the car that was struck died before she could be transported to the hospital, according to the authorities who responded.
When they asked the man who ran the stop sign what had happened, he told the police officers that it was his fault. As a result of the auto accident, he has been charged with a number of different crimes, including failure to stop at a stop sign, negligent driving and involuntary manslaughter.
Police have not indicated that there were any other factors, such as alcohol or excessive speed, that contributed to the crash. It appears to have been a case where one man simply did not see the sign and happened to go through when another car was approaching. As a result, authorities have begun to put up more signs to help tell drivers that the stop sign is approaching, hoping to keep the situation from repeating itself.
Drivers have a right to be safe on the highways, and those who are injured have a right to compensation when mistakes are made by others. The man in this case did not intend to injure anyone, but he is still responsible for what happened, and he has to face legal charges based on his mistakes. There could also be civil cases for the damages and injuries, not to mention the loss of life.
Source: New Castle News, “Man charged in deadly accident” Staff, Feb. 25, 2014