On Christmas Eve, the streets and highways are typically crowded with drivers. Many are out finishing their last-minute shopping, while others are visiting family locally or traveling long distance to see faraway loved ones. Whatever the reason for being out on Ohio roads at this busy time, people must be extra cautious in order to avoid a car accident.

For one couple traveling on Route 40 in Licking County, this would be their last Christmas Eve spent together. Their car was hit head-on by a woman who later stated that she had been driving too fast and focusing on her phone instead of the road. The distracted driver had veered into the oncoming lanes prior to crashing into the couple’s car. The 74-year-old female passenger in the vehicle that was hit did not survive the crash.

Following the impact, the woman believed to have been at fault ran her car off the road, where it eventually turned over. It was reported that her actions at the scene appeared frantic, and she apparently refused any type of immediate medical assistance. She was arrested for aggravated vehicular homicide, though the investigation is ongoing. Police are waiting for test results that will determine if the woman had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It is never an easy time when the life of a loved one is taken in a car accident. It can be especially devastating, however, when such a tragedy occurs during the holidays. Along with mourning the loss, surviving family members may struggle with knowing where to turn for advice or how to handle any financial difficulties. Seeking professional legal advice regarding personal injury options in Ohio can make life easier in these unfortunate situations.

Source: dispatch.com, “Newark woman charged in fatal crash“, Marc Kovac, Dec. 27, 2017