As they awaited the birth of their child, a family in Ohio is now reeling from a terrible tragedy and loss. Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident is tragic in any situation, but losing a mother who is expecting is especially horrible, leaving the newborn fighting for its life and having to grow up without a mother. The surviving family of his horrendous accident reserve the right to seek compensation for their losses as they try to move on.
Around 11 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 26, officials were dispatched to a two-car accident. The crash happened at the intersection of Pringle Benjamin Road SE and West Jefferson Kiousville Road SE. A 34-year-old woman was driving a GMC Arcadia, and an 18-year-old man driving a 2011 Honda Civic was approaching the intersection when he failed to stop at a stop sign.
The 18-year-old slammed into the woman’s vehicle, causing the SUV to leave the roadway and roll over several times. The woman was ejected from the vehicle, and authorities noticed she was at least eight months pregnant. She was transported to a local hospital and underwent emergency surgery to remove the baby. The baby was then taken to a children’s hospital for treatment of critical injuries. A 19-year-old male passenger in the Civic suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and the 18-year-old driver did not receive any medical treatment.
Authorities do not believe alcohol or drug impairment played a role in causing the crash, and the deceased mother was apparently not wearing her seatbelt. Nevertheless, the surviving family of the deceased mother and critically injured baby have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver and anyone else with an ownership interest in his car. To increase their chances of obtaining the compensation they need, they will need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Ohio.