A collision between two vehicles in Zanesville sent four people to the hospital, according to local sources. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash, which happened during the afternoon of Oct. 26. Motor vehicle accidents causing injury do not always result in criminal charges being filed, but police have not ruled out the possibility of charges at this time.
According to the report, around 3:10 p.m. a pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old man crossed the center line of Ohio 60. His vehicle collided with a car going the opposite direction, driven by a 22-year-old man from Dresden. The force of the impact ejected a 16-year-old female passenger from the pickup truck and caused massive damage to both vehicles.
An 18-year-old male passenger in the pickup had to be extricated from the wreckage by emergency crews. All four individuals suffered injuries ranging from moderate to severe, but all appear to be in stable condition at this time. Police are still determining what caused the young driver to cross the center line, but they have noted moderate rainfall as a possible contributing factor and have not ruled out reckless or negligent driving.
Should Ohio police determine the pickup truck driver to be at fault for the car accident, they could choose to press criminal charges against him. Separately, the state allows those injured in motor vehicle accidents to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court against any driver or drivers believed to be materially responsible for the crash. These suits can be supported by police evidence corroborating a driver’s culpability.