A woman lost her life following a single-vehicle crash on I-270 West in Columbus. The accident occurred late on Friday night, April 23rd. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said speed and alcohol might have caused the crash.
In the crash report, the highway patrol said the incident took place just after 11:20 p.m. on the interstate near State Route 3 in northeast Columbus. The preliminary investigation revealed 20-year-old Itali Jefferson of West Bloomfield, Michigan, drove a Chevrolet Trailblazer headed west on the I-270. The vehicle then went off the right side of the road, striking two trees.
The impact severely injured a female passenger identified as 21-year-old Xitalic Rivera of Chino, California. She died at the accident scene. Two juveniles who sat in the Trailblazer’s back seat sustained severe injuries. Medics conveyed the two to Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Grant Medical Center, respectively, in critical condition.
Jefferson also got treated for severe injuries at Riverside. There is no update on their health at the time of this report. The highway patrol believes speed and alcohol played a role in the crash on I-270 West but are yet to confirm it. The investigation is ongoing.
Motor vehicle accidents are a daily occurrence, and despite the injury and fatality rate, most road users still deviate from traffic rules meant to keep them safe. Failure to obey laws like speed limits and driving unimpaired often lead to accidents. When this happens, the crash victim can sue the fault driver for damages.
The victim is entitled to economic and non-economic damages for the monetary losses and emotional trauma. They can also get punitive damages when there’s evidence of gross negligence. Find out more about a victim’s rights and the available compensation packages from our Ohio car accident lawyers.