A driver who caused a fatal crash on Route 8 in Akron pleaded guilty before an Akron Municipal Court on Tuesday, February 23rd. The fiery accident which involved the defendant, Christopher Lonkart, happened in August 2020.
According to investigators’ report, the fatal crash on Route 8 accident happened around 7:45 a.m. on August 25th on the northbound lane between Tallmadge and Cuyahoga Falls Avenue. Officers with the Akron Police said a tractor-trailer traveled northbound on State Route 8, just south of the Falls exit. The truck had a tire blowout, resulting in debris all over the roadway.
Lonkart, who drove a Honda, came upon the debris and braked hard to avoid it. In the process, he struck a vehicle operated by Jared Marcum,18. The collision impact pushed Marcum’s vehicle into a gasoline tanker truck, which caught fire. The fire trapped the teenager inside his car, and he died.
Motor vehicle accidents occur for several reasons and have adverse consequences for the at-fault driver. Following a crash, the police launch an investigation to determine the level of negligence involved. Based on their findings, they might recommend a criminal trial to the District Attorney’s office.
The police will only recommend a criminal trial if the victim died or there was evidence of impairment. They would also give the same recommendation if the at-fault driver drove recklessly or fled the crash scene without reporting the incident. Most criminal trials end in jail time, a fine, or both.
In addition to the above, a surviving victim can bring a personal injury lawsuit. Reps of the victim can bring a wrongful death action if the person dies. In either case, consult an Ohio car accident attorney.