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On June 3, 2012, four Brunswick, Ohio teenagers were killed in a tragic car crash. Killed in the fiery crash were Blake Bartchak, 17, Lexi Poerner, 16, Kevin Fox, 18, and driver Jeffrey Chaya, 18. Another teen, Julia Romito, was also in the car and suffered major injuries. She managed to recover, but has no recollection of the crash.
Jeffrey had been driving his four friends in his Chevy Cavalier on Boston Road in Brunswick when he came to a railroad crossing owned by the CSX Corporation and maintained by Medina and Lorain County officials. Investigations following the tragic crash revealed that Jeffrey had been driving his fully loaded compact car at speeds near 69 miles per hour. Police said that the railroad crossing was notorious to drivers in the area because the track area was raised significantly, creating a “jump” for cars to hit and get airborne.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to Jeffrey and his friends. The car went airborne and quickly travelled off the road. Before he could react, Jeffrey’s car crashed into a ravine and flipped upside down. Jeffrey and his friend, Blake Bartchak, were both set to graduate high-school that day. Sadly, they were killed instantly. Lexi Poerner was also pronounced dead at the scene. Kevin Fox died the next day at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.
A year before the accident took place, CSX spent $450,000 on a project to make the intersection safer. They leveled off the crossing so that the grading was more even. They also installed flashing LED lights to warn drivers of the impending bump in the road. Speed limit signs were put up, as well, to suggest speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour.
Despite CSX’s efforts to make the location safer for passenger vehicles, the families of the four Brunswick teens have filed lawsuits against the company, as well as Highway Department Officials in both Medina and Lorain County. In addition to compensatory damages for negligence resulting in the students’ deaths, the lawsuit also asks for punitive damages, charging that the defendants “acted willfully and/or wantonly and/or recklessly by engaging in conduct that exhibited a conscious disregard for the rights and safety” of the public.
In wrongful death cases such as these, it can be difficult to identify the parties responsible for the loss, or to apportion damages according to the degree of contribution. Companies and municipalities may be ultimately responsible in cases like this one for not providing adequate safety for the general public. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, please contact our highly skilled Boston, MA wrongful death lawyers. Although nothing can ever truly fill the void left by the death of a loved one, our professional and specialized attorneys will help you obtain monetary compensation that will allow you to grieve without the fear of heavy financial burden. Your needs are our top priority!