Tragic crash happened at about 1:35 p.m. in 3000 block of Norton Road
GROVE CITY, OH, (September 19, 2020) – Donielle Barker, 40, of London, was sadly killed in a tragic accident in the 3000 block of Norton Road in Grove City on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Ms. Barker and Joshua Kimbler, 43, of Logan, were on a Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Norton Road at about 1:35 p.m. A Subaru Crosstrek driven by Phillip Panilchuck, 18, of Loganville, Georgia, was stopped in the northbound lane of Norton Road waiting to take a left turn when a Ford F-150 driven by Charles Enterman, 51, of Grove City, rounded a curve on Norton Road.
The Ford then crossed the center line before striking the motorcycle and then hitting the driver’s side of the Subaru.
Ms. Barker and Mr. Kimbler were transported to Doctors West Hospital in Columbus, where both were later pronounced dead.
FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION NEEDED
Authorities are investigating the accident.
Candice Bond, Managing Partner at Bond Legal, said in such cases that it’s also important for a full independent investigation to be conducted by an experienced attorney. It allows victims and families of victims to negotiate with an insurance company on behalf of a client.
Bond, national analyst for The Legal Advocate, stressed that no amount of money will compensate for the physical and emotional toll that accident victims endure. Still, it’s imperative that victims and families of victims are properly represented.
She has said that motorcyclists are especially vulnerable on America’s roads. Motorcycles often aren’t seen by other drivers, and those riding motorcycles are in grave danger upon impact.
“Motorcycle accident victims who sustain injuries at the expense of a negligent motorist are subject to a personal injury lawsuit, where they may receive compensation for damages,’’ Bond said. “However, in cases where another motorist or entity’s negligence results in another person’s death, surviving family members are entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit following the loss of their loved one.’’
Investigators will try to determine the factor(s) involved in the crash, including but not limited to impairment, fatigued driving, reckless driving, distracted driving, road conditions and speeding.
“Insurance companies often try to pressure victims and families of victims to settle for a quick payout for far less than the case is worth,” Bond added. “They are financially motivated to limit compensation and do not factor in the long-term consequences and suffering that victims and families will ultimately experience. Attorneys vigorously advocate for their clients to ensure that they are treated with respect and compensated fairly.”
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Based on the information provided thus far, the family of Ms. Barker likely will be entitled to a wrongful death claim covering damages for funeral costs, loss of love and companionship, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
“In cases where another motorist or entity’s negligence results in another person’s injuries or death, victims or surviving family members may be entitled to a claim,’’ said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “It is important for victims and families of victims to contact an experienced attorney for guidance and legal counseling.’’
The Legal Advocate’s national legal analysts Candice Bond and Stefano Formica are experienced in motorcycle accidents, and if you or a family member need help they are available for a free consultation to guide you
(Candice Bond, Managing Partner, and Stefano Formica, Of Counsel, at Bond Legal, are the national legal analysts for The Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocate can and does use quotes from prior interviews with our analysts for our news articles. If you would like to contact Bond Legal to help you, please call 866-599-0297 or use the submission box found on this page. Legal analysts quoted may or may not be licensed in your state).