A tragic car accident recently took the life of a 58-year old Pennsylvania man. Due to the fact his family had not been notified, the identity of the man was withheld until Sunday. The car accident occurred on the interstate highway during the early hours of the evening.
A 36-year-old man, driving in the southbound lane in a pickup truck, suddenly crossed the center line. When the vehicle crossed, the Silverado crashed into an SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction. The crash that resulted was head-on and both vehicles suffered extensive damage. The county coroner pronounced the 58-year-old man dead on the scene about an hour after the accident occurred.
The surviving driver had three passengers in his vehicle. Two of them were transported to a hospital in the Pittsburgh area to be treated and the other one was apparently unscathed. All of the people in the pickup truck were from out of state.
The accident investigation continues, and there were no initial reports that the driver was ticketed or faced any charges for this accident. Regardless, the victim's family will likely want to know what exactly caused the man to cross into the oncoming lane of traffic.
As law enforcement concludes their investigation, the victim's family will gain insight into who can be held liable. The family may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim in civil court as a result of this fatal crash. Even if there are criminal proceedings launched against the pickup truck driver, civil claims are a completely separate process. In the coming days and weeks, the family will be able to determine what kind of legal standing they have.
Source: GoErie.com, "Police identify Conneaut Lake man killed in Mercer County crash," Gerry Weiss, April 28, 2012