Cleveland, OH (January 9, 2024) – Emergency officials confirmed that a 37-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man both lost their lives following a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Cuyahoga County on Monday morning, January 8. The accident was reported to law enforcement at around 5:50 a.m.
According to reports provided by authorities, a collision between two vehicles took place on Interstate 490 W. The incident blocked the roadway just west of East 55th Street. The police and firefighters responded to the scene of the crash to provide care to the victims. One male victim, identified as 45-year-old James Wells of Elyria, Ohio, was pronounced deceased on site. A female victim, 37-year-old Shalon Barnett of Cleveland, Ohio, was transported to for emergency care. Authorities confirmed that she passed away after arriving. At this time, the crash is being investigated by the Cleveland police’s Accident Investigation Unit.
We offer our sympathies to the family of James Wells and Shalon Barnett at this time.
Fatal Car Accidents in Ohio
It is no secret that a motor vehicle accident can completely disrupt your life. In Ohio, thousands of people are injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes on a monthly basis. Many victims in the Cleveland Metropolitan area are forced to undergo extensive medical care as a result of their injuries. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that a victim will recover from the injuries they suffered. As a result, we see a significant number of people end up passing away as a result of the injuries they endure.
It can be incredibly challenging to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, we see many families forced to deal with the consequences that these fatal collisions bring. Families often endure overwhelming financial burdens related to funeral expenses, burial costs, and more.
It can be incredibly difficult to move forward after losing a loved one due to a fatal collision. However, with the help of a skilled wrongful death lawyer in Cleveland, you can ease some of the burden and focus on healing while they handle the legal aspects. Their experience and knowledge surrounding the justice system will ensure that all necessary steps are taken to investigate the accident thoroughly and gather evidence for your case. It is crucial to seek their assistance as soon as possible so that you can have the best chance at getting justice for your loved one.
At Joseph Law Group, our mission is to provide exceptional legal representation for those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. We are proud of our track record of delivering five-star service and achieving favorable outcomes for our clients in Ohio. Our team understands the immense impact that accidents can have on individuals and their families, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for justice on their behalf. If you or a loved one has suffered from an accident, do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation at 216-522-1600. Let us be your voice and fight for the compensation you deserve during this difficult time. Trust us to handle your case with compassion, dedication, and aggressive action.
Note: Our writers use outside sources when writing these posts. These outside sources include but are not limited to news outlet reports, local and state police accident reports, social media posts, eyewitness accounts, and other sources about accidents that take place in and around the Greater Cleveland area. We do not independently verify the facts surrounding this injury accident. If there is something inaccurate in our story, please notify us immediately so that we can correct the post as soon as possible. We will remove a story if requested.
Disclaimer: Our team of attorneys at Joseph Law Group has been helping injured victims and their families throughout the state of Ohio for decades. We hope that these posts will be a reminder to our community members to use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle to avoid and prevent being involved in a serious accident that results in injury. This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.