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Wrongful death suit filed after fatal Ottawa crash

A wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 has been filed against a former Ottawa councilman.

On June 6, Alan J. Ducey collided head on with another vehicle after he drove left of center on Ohio 65 to avoid hitting stopped traffic, according to the State Highway Patrol Lima post.

The crash killed Columbus Grove residents Christine A. Hayden, 62, and her mother, Joan M. Beam, 85, according to the post. Their car was also struck from behind, troopers said.

The lawsuit names Ducey, 59, and the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a co-defendant. The agency employed Ducey and he was driving for work, according to the suit.

The civil claim was filed July 30 by Hayden’s husband in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.

Ducey caused the accident by violating several traffic laws, wrote Martin Williams, a Toledo attorney representing the Hayden family.

The family’s bill includes about $20,000 for Hayden’s medical bills and $10,000 for funeral costs, he wrote.

Hayden endured “great physical pain of the body and suffering of the mind” from the crash, Williams wrote.

Williams declined an interview request.

Esther Baldridge, superintendent of the disabilities agency, called the crash a tragic accident. She declined further comment. Her attorney, Mark Landes, of Columbus, did so as well.

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