Family Sues Over Death of 10-year-old in Ohio Car Crash

The family of a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a car accident has sued multiple parties.The family of an Ohio girl who was killed in a December car accident has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the car who caused the crash, in addition to that man's father and Geico insurance, according to the Ironton Tribune.

The plaintiffs, Sherry Adkins and Marsha McGinnis, filed the lawsuit in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. The suit claims that on the day of the incident Christopher Haines was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee when he allegedly rear-ended the vehicle operated by McGinnis. The newspaper stated McGinnis' car was stopped on Route 93 at the time and the impact caused it to skid left of the center lane, when it was then struck by another vehicle.

McGinnis' 10-year-old daughter Angel was killed in the accident.

State police said Haines was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. He pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular assualt and aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the news source.

The lawsuit claims Haines was negligent and reckless and claims he demonstrated malice or egregious conduct that entitles the plaintiffs to punitive damages. The suit also alleges that Haines' father, William Haines, was negligent and reckless in providing his son with the vehicle. In addition, the suit claims Geico breached its contract and acted in bad faith by denying a claim for insurance benefits.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reports 986 children under age 14 were killed in car crashes in 2008 while about 168,000 were injured.