Fatal Accident Prompts Warning for Drivers

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MILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be wary of the berm of the road, even if the main roadway appears to be free of ice and snow, after Wayne County’s first fatal crash of 2013.

A two-car accident occurred in Milton Township around 9:33 p.m. on Friday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Patricia Hopkins, 48, of Akron, lost her life.

She was the front passenger in a car headed southwest on SR 585.  An investigation showed the driver drifted onto the snow and ice-covered right edge of the road and lost control.

He then over corrected, and when he veered left of center, the car was hit on the passenger’s side by a northbound vehicle.

Hopkins and the driver of her vehicle were trapped inside and rescue equipment was needed to remove them. 

Both drivers were taken to area hospitals for their injuries.

Everyone had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Driver inattention and an icy and snow-covered berm were determined to be factors in the crash, the OSHP said.

SR 585 was closed for about four hours after the collision.