Midsummer is here and with it the sad and tragic increase in the number of highway fatalities in Ohio. A recent crash on I-70 in Ohio took the life of one person, and two others required hospitalization for their injuries. Alcohol is believed to be involved in what appears to be a drunk driving accident.

A man was driving a BMW sports car eastbound on the highway at about 2:30 a.m.. The vehicle reportedly clipped an SUV and sent the SUV careening to the right side of the highway. The SUV apparently hit an exit sign and a light pole before rolling and coming to a stop on its left side. The BMW continued driving until it became disabled a short distance away. It is believed that alcohol contributed to the cause of the crash, and speed may also have been a factor.

The driver of the SUV was airlifted to an area hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries. There were two passengers in the vehicle who were also transported to area hospitals, and one of the two received life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown. The second passenger was treated and released. The driver of the BMW is in custody and awaiting charges. 

Summer is a time for family gatherings, cookouts and enjoying long leisurely days. Sadly, the chances of being involved in a drunk driving accident increase along with the length of the days. Losing a loved one in Ohio at the hands of a drunk driver is a tragedy that too often mars holiday celebrations. Nothing can undo the tragedy or bring the loved one back; however, a successful civil suit against the party deemed responsible for the accident can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.