Woman dies in Lima crash


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BATH TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning southeast of Lima claimed the life of a Columbus woman and left two others, including an infant, suffering from minor injuries.

The crash, which occurred at the intersection of state Route 309 and Thayer Road, closed both roadways for nearly three hours Thursday morning.

Tashonda Ward, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, according to a statement from the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to the patrol, Ward was driving south on Thayer Road in a 2001 Ford Escape at approximately 5:20 a.m. and had stopped at the intersection of state Route 309. When attempting to cross the highway, Ward failed to yield to a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Mark Oberly, 58, of Harrod.

Upon impact, the truck overturned and came to rest in a field. Ward’s vehicle traveled off the road and came to rest in a field.

The patrol said a passenger in Ward’s vehicle, 2-year-old Christian Cabrera-Clark, was not properly restrained in a child safety seat and was ejected upon impact. He was transported to Lima Memorial Health System for treatment of only minor injuries.

A trooper who was at the scene of the fatal accident said “honestly, it was ‘a miracle’” that the infant was not more seriously injured. “That just doesn’t happen,” he said, noting that the investigation into the accident continues.

Oberly was also transported to Lima Memorial Health System for non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol/drug impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Oberly and Ward were both wearing seat belts.

The Lima post was assisted on scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, Bath Township Fire and EMS, Lafayette Township Fire Department, Perry Township Fire and EMS, Kinstle’s Towing and Minnich’s Towing.

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