Two deadly Hit & Run accidents in the area occurred within the past few days. In both, the suspect is still being sought.
The first case involves the death of Charles Cassidy of Montgomery County. When attempting to cross Ohio 725 with her husband, Rhonda Cassidy was shocked when she allegedly saw one SUV hit her husband and push him into another.
Cassidy, an organ donor, was an unemployed respiratory therapist who had spent the day looking after his paraplegic father-in-law.
Police are still investigating this accident and say there is conflicting information in witness accounts. They are looking for the white SUV that Mrs. Cassidy says first struck her husband.
The second accident occurred the following night on July 16. Westerville woman, Trina Lewis, was killed on I-71 near U.S. 68.
Lewis was driving her Ford Focus when it veered left and she went into the median. He car overturned and she was ejected onto the highway. She was struck by an unknown vehicle in the southbound lanes and that vehicle left the scene.
The Wilmington division of the Highway Patrol is handling this investigation and are looking for assistance in identifying the vehicle that his Lewis.
There are many reasons someone may leave the scene of an accident. Perhaps they thought they stood a better chance getting away immediately than facing criminal charges for the accident. However oftentimes in cases of Hit & Run accidents, the suspect had a warrant, a suspended license, or some other reason to want to avoid contact with law enforcement.
Regardless of why they left the scene, the repercussions they will face after they are caught will be far more stressful than if they had just remained at the scene.
Hit & Run in Ohio is, at the most, a 5th degree felony charge. Because both of these accidents ended in death, however, the charges could be of a more serious nature.
If you were involved in an accident and left the scene, you need to talk with an attorney who understands what you are going through and can give you quality legal advice. Call me today to discuss the specifics of your case.