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Pick up and government truck clashed at road, 1 killed and 4 injured 

A road accident happened in Defiance, Ohio, that caused one death and 4 people being injured and are in hospital's care right now as a pick-up truck drove right off the road directly to Sergeant Chavez' patrol vehicle on the off-road. The accident has escalated because Sergeant Chavez' troops and himself has also responded and investigate a car who's at a traffic violation offense at the time also at Saturday around 2:35 p.m. and parked their truck beside the car crash when Justine R. Johnson, the driver of the said pick-up who struck the police troop car, driving a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up type car. In extension, Justin has crashed over both cars where Sergeant Chavez and the driver who was ticketed stopped and caused the injury. Sergeant Chavez had stopped the Nissan, driven by Caleb A. Wolfe, 19, of Delphi, for a speeding violation and was in the driver’s seat of his patrol car completing a citation when the crash occurred. The driver who was ticketed was identified as Caleb A. Wolfe age of 19 from Delphi, Sergeant Chavez apprehend the teen for overspeeding before the crash happened. 

The driver who crashed to the police car, Johnson, sustained fatal injuries and was transported by air ambulance while his passenger Steven age of 52, has unfortunately died at the scen from fatal injuries sustained. The two stationary victims, Chavez and Wolfe and his passenger Jarrel, 17, has luckily sustained non-severe and non-life-threatening injuries and was land-transported to the nearest hospital.

The said road of the scene of accident has been closed for one hour and was reopened yet one lane only for the scene to be open for clean up and be cleared up that was on going for three hours.  

Police Involvement in Crashes as Victims
In the past few years, it is known how police cars are caught up in common car crashes that results in their damage as well, even if they were the one's who came to respond and act on it. As in U.S., automobile related deaths among law enforcement officers such as police and traffic officers is the high and one of the leading cause of deaths among uniformed employees. These statistics shows how prevalent are the occurrences are:

  • From 2006 to 2019, there were 809 reported officers died from fatal motor vehicle related incidents , reasons such as struck by and crashed while responding/while duty are most common in the scene. 

  • Car accidents shares 43% of all line-of-duty deaths according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. It is considerable huge as there are more than 750,000 law enforcement officers all over the U.S. excluding federal officers. 

  • In the last 10 years, on average, an officer per week has been killed on our nation’s roads, making it 53 deaths per year. 

  • From 2010-2019: There are 1,558 officer line-of-duty deaths reported, 393 deaths of officers are from vehicle crashes and 132 are from being struck by a vehicle.

Who is at fault and should be held for the liability?

In most states, it is on paper and on law that in a car accident, the one should take the liability or blame is the person who incited the accident in the first place obviously, but it is emphasized that when someone has rightful reason to take a rest road side, may it be because he stopped for mechanical or human error, apprehension of the authority or etc. should take no blame as long as he/she did the turn with cautious and signal lights. In the reported accident stated above, the driver who crashed in to the police and the apprehended violator should take all blame and possibly be charged for multiple cases. 

What should the victim do? 

Following an accident is a sustenance of physical injuries and possible mental and emotional damages, these damages are hard to solve as they can scar them for life and can affect them in the long term. It is worth of filing an injury claim, to atleast help them financially for victims' recuperation. Ryan LLP is an injury law firm based in Ohio that can help them from filing the claim to law hearings and procedures. They have been professionally representing clients' claims for over 40 years and guaranteed to have a successful outcomes based in their recent cases. Call our office now for free legal consultation. 

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