A State Route 19 highway car accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old, and sent an Oak Hill firefighter to jail in 2010. The accident took place on July 16, and involved a young couple and a volunteer firefighter. The firefighter was on his way to the Oak Hill fire station when he was traveling at excessive speeds of 98 miles per hour.
He was driving his own motor vehicle when he rear-ended the back of another car that was driven by a 22-year-old female, who had her 24-year-old boyfriend in the vehicle as a passenger. The impact of the car accident caused the 24-year-old Elmore man to lose his life. The victim’s girlfriend, along with the victim’s parents, filed a wrongful death lawsuit, as well as a personal injury lawsuit against the volunteer firefighter and the Portage Fire District.
The 43-year-old firefighter pleaded guilty to a charge of negligent vehicular homicide, as well as a charge of attempted negligent vehicular homicide. He was sentenced by a judge to spend nine months behind bars, and his license was suspended for three years. The wrongful death lawsuit was recently settled in Ohio for $1.57 million. The parents of the victim are happy with the verdict, and although they stated there is no amount of money that can compensate for the loss of their son, they hope that this lawsuit will help teach the fire department a lesson in safety on the roadways.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, please contact a wrongful death lawyer of Stepleton Dugan, LLC by calling 513-321-7733 today.