Police in Cleveland have confirmed the deaths of at least two people in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 480, according to local sources. Ohio authorities say that, in addition, several other people have been taken to the hospital. As with many car accidents, this one remains under investigation, but charges seem unlikely at this time.
Very little information has been made available at this time. However, it appears that sometime around 4 a.m. the morning of March 14, a vehicle was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-480 when it struck another car head-on at the point where the highway merges with Jennings Freeway. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, who has not been identified at this time, was killed in the crash.
A passenger in the struck vehicle was also killed, though this person has also not been identified, likely pending notification of next-of-kin. It is unclear how many other people were injured, but several were taken to local hospitals for unknown injuries. At the time of the report, those individuals were still being accounted for by authorities.
In car accidents where the driver at fault perishes in the crash, criminal charges are not filed against a deceased individual. However, for those injured or killed as a result of that driver’s actions, additional legal recourse exists. The families of the deceased, as well as any injured parties, are entitled under Ohio law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits in civil court against the offending driver’s estate. These cases typically take into consideration police evidence showing the driver’s culpability in the crash.