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Drunk driving accident results in death of off-duty officer

Drunk driving accidents that result in tragic deaths will probably never cease to exist, though hopefully they will be greatly reduced. That does not make every incident any less tragic. A recent drunk driving accident in Ohio resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.

A young officer with the Clearcreek Township Police Department died in a crash on Ohio 125. The police chief noted that his death was ironic as the officer who died liked traffic duty because it afforded him the opportunity to get drunk drivers off the roads. The driver who hit the officer was believed to be drunk at the time of the crash.

The accident happened when a car traveling east crossed the center turn lane and crashed head-on into the officer's car. The officer was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the other car declined medical treatment. The driver had a history of driving under the influence and faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide. He is being held in a local jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

People know that defensive driving is safe driving in Ohio. While many situations can be anticipated and possibly avoided, actions of drunk drivers are almost always unpredictable and this is particularly true when the driver is coming from the opposite direction. Losing a loved one in a car crash is always heart-breaking but may seem especially senseless in the case of a drunk driving accident. Nothing can undo the damage done, but a successful civil suit against the parties deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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