Road rage leads to fatal three-vehicle crash on Ohio highway

We have all seen it as we're driving around Toledo: A driver who is so angry that he or she makes angry gestures at others, shouts and engages in aggressive and threatening driving. Sometimes road rage gets even worse.

Law enforcement officials said that road rage was "absolutely" a factor in a fatal motor vehicle crash that killed a driver on Ohio 37. The man who died at the scene of the three-vehicle wreck was from Newark, a Licking County city east of Columbus.

Ohio State Police said the Newark man was also not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Troopers said the fatal incident was on State Route 37 eastbound. A GMC Canyon pick-up driven by a 58-year-old Heath man and the Acura driven by the 38-year-old Newark man collided in a fit of road rage. According to investigators, both men sped by multiple vehicles at high speed.

Both vehicles apparently hit a cross-over cable barrier. The Heath man's pick-up was stopped when it hit a raised bank. The Newark man's car crossed into the westbound lane and slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer. The violent collision resulted in a blaze that engulfed both the big rig and Acura.

The truck driver was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

The Heath man was apparently uninjured. There was no word in the news article that we read if he has been charged or will be charged for his role in the tragedy.

If you have been injured in a road rage incident, or have been harmed by a distracted or impaired driver, contact an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

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