In Ohio, the term "vehicular homicide" is often used to generally describe an offense in which someone causes the death of another person with a motor vehicle. Ohio law actually has three separate offenses:
Unlike a murder charge, a vehicular homicide charge means that a person had no intention of killing another, but due to their actions while operating a vehicle, caused the death of a human being.
Even if a person is charged with a vehicular homicide crime in criminal court and is acquitted, the deceased’s family may file a wrongful death claim in civil court.
The following table highlights the main provisions of Ohio's vehicular homicide laws. See also Involuntary Manslaughter Definitions, Involuntary Manslaughter Penalties and Sentences, and Voluntary Manslaughter.
Vehicular Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide: Ohio Revised Statute 2903.04
|What is Prohibited?||
Vehicular Manslaughter: Causing the death of another person or their unborn child while operating a motor vehicle as the result of a misdemeanor traffic violation.
Vehicular Homicide: While operating a vehicle, you caused the death of another person in one of the following ways: (1) negligently; or (2) as the proximate result of committing a speeding offense in a construction zone.
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide: You caused the death of another person in one of the following ways: (1) as a proximate result of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs; (2) recklessly; or (3) as the proximate result of committing a reckless operation offense in a construction zone.
Vehicular Manslaughter :
Vehicular Homicide : (Depends on how the crime occurred)
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide : (Depends on how the crime occurred)
|Civil Case||Possible Wrongful Death lawsuit and restitution to the victim's family.|
|Definition of "Vehicle"||
Motor vehicle, motorcycle, snowmobile, locomotive, watercraft, or aircraft
If you do find yourself facing an involuntary manslaughter charge, you may wish to contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney for assistance.
Contact a qualified attorney.