Coroner’s office says woman struck by car died within minutes
Legal News for Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys. Officer never formally dispatched to traffic accident scene though woman died within minutes.
County coroner’s office claim victim died a few minutes after Ohio traffic accident.
Lancaster, OH—The Fairfield County Coroner’s Office recently came to the conclusion that a woman who was fatally injured in a September traffic accident died from her injuries within minutes of the initial impact. On the day of the accident, the Fairfield County Sherriff’s Office failed to dispatch an officer to the scene after receiving an allegedly vague 911 call. This consequently made people wonder whether the woman involved in the incident could have been saved had medical personnel responded to the scene sooner, as reported by the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.
It was reported that on September 19, 2009, a pickup truck driven by Susan Blade, 27, ran out of gas, leaving her stranded on Coonpath Road. Blade, a wife and mother of three, was allegedly struck by an oncoming vehicle as she was outside the vehicle around 1:20 a.m. The driver of the car that hit Blade was 68-year-old Mona Berry, who went home after the incident, allegedly telling her husband that she thought she struck an animal or person. Her husband then reportedly traveled back to the scene and back home before calling the police. Unfortunately, since Berry’s husband called right after another individual made a 911 call reporting animals on Lancaster-New Lexington Road, the dispatcher assumed that both calls involved the same incidents. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper from the Lancaster post of patrol apparently noticed the victim at the scene of the traffic crash while on his usual route at around 2:30 a.m., over an hour after the woman was fatally struck.
Pleasant Township emergency medical services (EMS) crews that eventually responded to the scene, and pronounced Blade to be dead, after sustaining serious injuries. The dispatcher who made the mistake of grouping both 911 reports together will allegedly have to undergo counseling as a disciplinary measure that is initiated by the sheriff’s office.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers.