LISBON - A Carrollton woman was not killed by crashing her car on state Route 164 but died of a heart attack shortly before the Dec. 28 accident, the highway patrol said.
According to the report released Tuesday, the official cause of 42-year-old Pamela Yeager's death was listed as a heart attack.
Yeager's 13-year-old daughter, Sosha, had told troopers her mother was coughing violently shortly before the Chevrolet HHR went off the right side of state Route 164 and into a ditch. The accident occurred in Salem Township about halfway between Lisbon and Columbiana.
Pamela Yeager was pronounced dead at the scene.
There was no evidence of any evasive action, including the use of brakes, before the vehicle lost control, causing patrol investigators to believe a medical reason was a possible cause.
Yeager and the three children were on their way to Boardman to shop when the crash occurred around 2:20 p.m. The children were released from the hospital earlier this month.