It is no secret that failing to obey traffic laws can cause accidents. However, many don’t realize just how true this is until they have lived it. For one teenage girl in Ohio, a reminder of the day she ran a red light will likely haunt her for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, her mistake caused a car crash that took the life of two of her friends.

In July 2017, the girl was driving an SUV containing four of her friends when she failed to stop at the red light of an intersection. This resulted in her vehicle being struck by a fire truck. Two teenage girls from the SUV did not survive the crash.

The driver of the SUV — then a 16-year-old girl — was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and aggravated vehicular homicide. She pleaded guilty and apparently took full responsibility for her actions that led to the accident. A judge recently sentenced her to a year of probation, during which she will receive counseling and partake in community service that will help compensate the victims’ families.

When a person in Ohio has the unfortunate luck of being involved in a car crash, it can range anywhere from a minor fender-bender to a tragic fatal accident. Regardless of the nature of the accident, it is important to remember that — when a driver’s negligence causes injuries or fatalities — victims and their families have the right to seek necessary restitution from the responsible party, which may help with medical bills or funeral costs. The advice of a personal injury professional can be very comforting in situations like this one.

Source: fox8.com, “Teen sentenced for deadly crash involving Akron fire truck“, Dave Nethers, Jan. 2, 2018