A crash in Akron on June 8 left one person dead. The one-car accident happened near the area where Wildwood Avenue intersects with Peckham Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. Police believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck, but authorities have not filed any charges at this time.

According to a representative of the Akron Police Department, a 2006 Mini Cooper was heading east on Peckham when it turned south onto Wildwood Avenue. The driver lost control of the car and hit a tree. The Mini Cooper overturned due to the impact and landed a front-seat passenger who had been partially ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

The passenger died at the scene of the crash. It was not reported if the driver was injured. An accident reconstruction team with the Akron police is investigating the incident.

As in this case, car accidents can cause serious injury or death. In this case, because authorities believe alcohol may have played a role causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle, that person may be found liable for damages suffered by the deceased victim’s survivors.

The family of an individual killed as a result of the negligent actions of a motorist may face considerable financial hardship due to their death. Those individuals may be faced with high medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of future income. An attorney may review accident reconstruction reports, police accounts and toxicology reports to determine the accountability of the negligent driver. An attorney might also assist the family to file a wrongful death suit to help them recover their loss.

Source: WOIO, “AKRON: Car lands on passenger in deadly accident“, June 09, 2014