Several people were sent to local hospitals following a serious accident in east Toledo on June 6. Ohio police are still investigating the accident but have not determined who was responsible for the crash. The accident involved a car and a motorcycle, and it appears the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
According to the limited information in the report, it appears a 55-year-old man was traveling westbound on his motorcycle when the crash occurred. A passenger car was turning left from an eastbound direction, and the two vehicles collided. The 43-year-old female driver of the car, as well as an unidentified 16-year-old passenger, were both taken to a local hospital with injuries described as non life-threatening.
Two other occupants of the vehicle were not injured in the crash. The motorcyclist was seriously hurt and was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Police have not stated publicly whether they believe recklessness, negligence or even intoxication were factors in this crash. Their investigation remains underway as of this report.
Depending on the outcome of the Ohio police investigation, it is possible that one or both drivers will be found to have contributed materially to the crash. Criminal charges are not filed posthumously, but it is possible the surviving driver could face charges. Even if no charges are filed, the injured parties and the family of the deceased motorcycle rider may be entitled under state law to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits against the driver(s) responsible for the crash. These lawsuits are filed in civil court.