January 6th, 2012|
January 6, 2012
A teen from Pataskala, Ohio, is lucky to be alive today after a drunken driver hit him while riding his bike Thursday afternoon. According to 10-TV News, the crash happened several hours before dusk along Blacks Road SW on the east side of Pataskala.
A spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lieutenant Darrin Blosser, said the 15-year-old boy was hit head-on by the 40-year-old driver of a small, maroon sedan. He stated that the automobile struck the boy and veered into a ditch. Lieutenant Blosser then added that upon impact, the bike went through the windshield of the car and into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The teen had to be cut out of the vehicle, as he could not move his legs. The boy was immediately taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for treatment.
The driver of the vehicle was found to have a prior conviction for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI) from 2004. He will now face his second offense in connection with this incident, along with a charge of not stopping in time. Under Ohio law, the driver could face a license suspension of one to five years if he is convicted of the crime of OVI.
What about the teens medical costs because of the accident? The Ohio auto accident attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy say the boy and his family’s best bet is to contact a lawyer to discuss what, if anything, can be done to collect compensation for the accident.