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Woman pleads guilty to fatal motorcycle accident in of Cincinnati

police were unsure as to who had hit him because the driver of the vehicle had left the scene of the accident. Within a day, however, a 20-year-old woman from Delhi Township turned herself in and claimed responsibility for hitting the motorcyclist on Interstate 75 near the entrance to Interstate 74 in Cincinnati.

Because the woman had only had her driver's license for four days before this fatal accident, it is possible that it was her inexperience that caused the accident. In her recent court date, the woman told the judge that she had been driving her 1993 Honda Civic when she started to change lanes. It may have been the rain or the fact that she looked down while making the lane change, but when she looked up again, she claims she wasn't able to stop her car in enough time. She smashed into the back of the motorcycle, knocking the biker into the guardrail.

The 20-year-old said that she originally stopped her car, but soon left because she was scared. She then continued on her way to work and eventually went home.

While criminal charges may help the family of the motorcyclist move forward with their lives, it may also be important for them to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman. Holding an individual liable in civil court can help family members feel like they have gotten a sense of justice for their lost loved ones. Wrongful death lawsuits can also help family members cover any financial costs arising from the accident, allowing them to focus on what is most important -- remembering their loved ones.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, "Woman admits blame in death of motorcyclist," Kimball Perry, Aug. 23, 2-12

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