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Fatal truck accident claims life of former Ohio State professor

A former Ohio State University professor died on June 3 while driving back from viewing the Princess Diana exhibit in Cincinnati. According to a spokesperson with the Ohio State Patrol, the 63-year-old woman's car was struck from behind as she was slowing down along with other motorists near the site of a previous accident.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. in Madison County along I-71. That's where police say that a tractor-trailer driven by a 40-year-old man failed to reduce the speed of his rig as other motorist slowed down. The Little Rock, Arkansas, truck driver allegedly rammed into the rear of the victim's car. Following the initial impact, the truck-driver then struck another semi-truck in the rear before he veered into the guardrail and overturned.

The woman perished at the scene of the fatal truck accident, while the drivers of both semi-trucks escaped injury. Authorities charged the truck driver who caused the wreck with vehicular homicide. That charge is a first-degree misdemeanor.

The victim's husband says that a lot of people have reached out to him about the loss of his wife. She had been a member of the Ohio State faculty for over 25 years and had just retired a year prior to her death.

Although nothing can compensate a person for the loss of their loved one, an attempt should still be made to lessen the suffering of surviving family members. Our legal system allows the victim's family members to sue people responsible for the preventable deaths of others for compensation. For example, a spouse of a victim accidentally killed by another person may be able to sue for funeral expenses and other compensation linked to the loss of his or her loved one.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Retired Ohio State department chairwoman killed in car accident" Jim Woods, Jun. 04, 2014

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