A recent report says that a 32-year-old West Chester man was involved in two car accidents on May 29. The first crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. on Ohio 747. Police reopened all lanes of the highway by 12 p.m.
Police say that the 32-year-old man, who was driving a black Chevrolet pickup truck, struck a car from behind while traveling southbound down the road. The man then passed the other vehicle and continued down the highway. Shortly after that initial crash, the truck was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver drove through a red light and struck a silver Toyota that was driven by a 62-year-old professional driver from Fairfield.
The 62-year-old died a short time later, and the driver of the pickup truck suffered injury and received treatment at West Chester Hospital. The condition of the person driving the first car was not detailed in the available report.
At the time of reporting, police were not able to say why the man driving the truck left the scene of the first accident, but authorities do not believe that drug use or alcohol consumption contributed to the incidents. However, a lieutenant who spoke with a news outlet after the accident suggested that some drivers leave the scene of car accidents because they get scared. He also said that a driver might flee because of their driver's license or insurance status.
Notwithstanding the reasons for the man's actions, he could still be held accountable for the aftermath of the collisions. The victim in the first car and the family of the man killed in the second accident could seek reimbursement for damages stemming from the incident through lawsuits filed in civil court. An attorney who has experience litigating car accident cases could help the plaintiffs build a case and present it in court.
Source: WLWT, "Man killed in West Chester auto accident identified", May 29, 2014