On Wednesday morning, March 3rd, a man lost his life following a car accident in Portage County. The Streetsboro Fire Department announced his demise on their social media page. They disclosed that the incident happened at about 8:25 a.m. on State Route 14 near Lake Rockwell Road in Ravenna Township.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and the fire department, 35-year-old Zachary Cochran was trapped in his car before he passed away. The Wellsville resident traveled on the interstate in a 2007 Ford Focus before the occurrence.
A 2019 Chrysler 300 struck the victim’s car. The OSHP said the 81-year-old Chrysler driver swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid colliding with a semi-truck waiting to make a turn. Emergency services took the older man to University Hospital-Portage to treat non-life-threatening injuries.
The police said impairment does not appear to have factored in the car accident in Portage County. There is no additional information.
Motor vehicle accidents involving the elderly are not uncommon. While most people can drive well into the 80s, others can’t. Those who can are to exercise more care than younger people as several limitations affect more senior drivers.
Motorists who are 80 years and above must ensure they wear a seatbelt while in transit. If the strap is uncomfortable, wear a shoulder pad that mounts or slips over the belt. Avoid driving and calling, eating while in transit, and above all, never drink and drink.
Limit all forms of distractions, pay attention to the road ahead, and scan the sides every few seconds. As much as possible, drive during the day, choose safer routes, and don’t commute when feeling stressed and tired. Don’t take drowsy medications, and if an accident happens, don’t accept blame until you speak with an Ohio car accident lawyer.