SALEM - A combination of alcohol and no seatbelts may have played a factor in a fatal car crash Friday evening west of Salem.
According to the Lisbon post of the Highway Patrol, Brooke Penick, 25, of Salem and Stephen W. Bell, 27, also of Salem were traveling east on U.S. Route 62 when the 1999 Chevrolet Lumina in which they traveled lost control, struck a ditch and overturned. Both Penick and Bell were ejected from the vehicle.
Penick was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Bell was flown to St. Elizabeth's in Youngstown with serious injuries.
Perry Township police and fire assisted by Damascus Fire and EMS transported a 25-year-old Brooke Penick of Salem to Salem Regional Medical Center where she died from injuries following a single vehicle crash on U.S. 62 just west of Salem. Penick along with Steve Bell, 27, also of Salem were both ejected from the 1999 Chevy Lumina that traveled off the right side of the road down an embankment and overturned at least two times. Bell was airlifted by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Youngstown with serious injuries. The Ohio State highway patrol is investigating the crash. Troopers present at the scene included Sgt. Barry Thompson and troopers Neil Everett, Mike Helmick and Brian Kavanagh. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Neither occupant, according to reports, wore seatbelts and alcohol is suspected in the crash.
Sgt. Barry Thompson is handling the invesigation, which continues as they determine who was the actual driver.
With yet another fatal car crash taking place in Columbiana County as a result of not using seatbelts, the patrol is heavily encouraging motorists to be extremely careful on the road.
"Columbiana County has experienced yet another fatal crash, in which the available seat belts have not been used and the occupants have been ejected from the vehicle," the patrol said in a statement. "The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding all motorists to wear a seatbelt and do not drink and drive."