A male semi-driver passed away following an auto-pedestrian accident on SR-117, near Thayer Road. The collision happened on Friday, April 23rd, at about 9:06 p.m. According to troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lima Post, the victim was inspecting his parked semi when an oncoming vehicle struck him.
The highway patrol disclosed that 52-year-old Steven Evans of Lima drove a 2017 Freightliner eastbound on State Road 117. The man stopped in the eastbound lane and exited the vehicle to assess it for possible damage. While carrying out the assessment, he stood on the Freightliner’s left side, in the westbound lane.
An oncoming westbound white 2001 Toyota operated by 20-year-old Brandon James of Waynesfield struck Evans. Another vehicle, a blue 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by 18-year-old Jade Smith of Wapakoneta, also on the westbound lane, then hit the victim.
When Perry Township EMS arrived at the scene, they pronounced Evans dead. The Allen County Coroner’s Office then transported his body to the morgue. James suffered minor injuries and received treatment at the crash site, while Smith was uninjured.
Beaverdam Fleet Services and Able’s Wrecker assisted the first responders. The investigation into the auto-pedestrian accident on SR-117 is ongoing, and there’s no citation at this time.
Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians often end fatally. This is because the body has no protection from the moment it comes in contact with a vehicle till it lands on the floor. Those who survive auto-pedestrian collisions suffer injuries that likely leave them impaired.
In either case, the law provides that the fault driver should pay compensation in addition to criminal charges that might arise from the accident. Thus, it would be wise to contact an attorney for adequate legal representation. Contact our Ohio auto accident lawyers for help today.