James Allen, 24, died at the scene of a crash at Noe-Bixby Road and York Lane North around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 21.
Allens northbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound SUV being driven by Amparo Ribovich. Allens vehicle caught fire while he was still trapped inside. Police believe that Allen lost control of his vehicle, but are investigating what else may have contributed to the accident.
Ribovich was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition.
Allen was the 53rd traffic fatality to be reported in Columbus this year, which is a 40 percent increase when compared to the number of fatalities reported in Columbus last year.
With what is believed to be the biggest travel season since 2001 quickly approaching, the car accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy would like to remind motorists not to drink and drive, get enough sleep before you travel and always obey the rules of the road.
Last year, seven deaths were reported during Christmas. It is up to the residents of Columbus and those visiting family members in the area to drive safely and help to prevent the number of auto accident fatalities from continuing to increase.
If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident this holiday season, the victim may be entitled to file a claim for damages they have suffered. Our experienced personal injury attorneys offer free legal consultations and can help you determine what your legal options are.