There are careless and negligent drivers all over the roadways in and around Cleveland. Law enforcement and judicial authorities do their best to ensure that unsafe drivers are not on the roadways. However, there are still times when tragedies occur. Today, the Cleveland car accident attorneys at Paulozzi LPA want to discuss the case of a man who has then accused of causing two deadly crashes over the span of nine years. We are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents secure the compensation they deserve.
We are learning about a man who has been accused of causing his second deadly crash In Cleveland and nine years. Lennard Duncan, 40, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide after a November 27 crash that killed Traci Simmons.
Duncan does not have a license and will never be allowed to have one. He was given a lifetime suspension after a 2010 conviction for a deadly crash that he caused.
This most recent crash occurred head around 1 p.m. on East 55th Street and Broadway Ave. Police say that Duncan was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 2017 Mercedes-Benz he slammed into the back of a 2009 Honda being driven by Simmons that was stopped at a red light. The crash caused Simmons’ Honda to slam into the back of the vehicle in front of her and then into a crosswalk sign. Simmons was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
Lennard Duncan was released from prison in 2018 after serving a sentence for a crash he caused that killed a 19-year-old in March of 2010. In that incident, it was determined that Duncan had PCP, marijuana, and alcohol in his system when he ran a red light and veered into oncoming traffic, striking the victim’s car head-on.
When we look at data available from the reporting year 2017 in Ohio, we can see that there were more than 300,000 total vehicle accidents. Out of these, more than 75,000 were injury-causing crashes. The data also shows us that alcohol was responsible for 27.1% of all fatal crashes in the state during that year.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The team at Paulozzi LPA is dedicated to helping victims secure the compensation they deserve. We will investigate all aspects of your case so we can secure the following: