On Sunday morning, March 14th, a male driver lost his life in a vehicle collision in Lorain County. The Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria Post identified the victim as Alec A. Koutsopoulos, a 23-year-old resident of Vermillion.
In a press release, the OHP said the single-vehicle accident occurred at North Ridge Road and Vermillion Road in Brownhelm Township. Officers arrived at the scene around 11:03 a.m. after receiving calls about a single-vehicle crash with injury.
From initial reports, officers believed that a pickup truck traveled west on Northridge Road when it struck a guardrail just past the intersection. The vehicle went off a cliff, and when officers arrived, they found the damaged barrier.
A search of the area uncovered the severely damaged Ford F-150 on the River’s west bank in the Mill Hollow part of Lorain County’s MetroParks. Koutsopoulos, the driver of the truck, died at the crash scene. The cause of the vehicle collision in Lorain County remains unknown, and there’s no additional information at this time.
Motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon in Ohio. It could be a single-vehicle accident, two-vehicle collision, and multiple-vehicle crashes. A single-car crash happens when a car goes off the roadway, strikes a tree or debris, and other stationary objects on the road. It does not involve other vehicles, and its cause is similar to other kinds of traffic collisions.
The common causes of single-vehicle crashes are speeding, driving impaired, animal sighting, adverse road conditions, and adverse weather conditions. Others are mechanical defects and an underlying medical condition.
In most single-crashes, there is usually no at-fault party to recover compensation from. But if a manufacturer’s defect or bad road caused the crash, the victim can sue the company or government. Consult an Ohio car accident lawyer for more information.