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Patrol: Alcohol involved in crash that killed fetus, woman

Published: Fri, April 15, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report


The Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post confirmed alcohol was involved in a head-on crash that killed a 55-year-old woman.

An unborn child also died, the patrol said.

A vehicle driven by Raechel Anne Zorger, 25, of Canfield, went left of center on Detwiler Road and crashed with a car driven by Darla Schumacher, 55, of Detwiler Road, Monday evening, reports state.

Schumacher was killed; Zorger, who was six months pregnant, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, and her unborn child did not survive, said Trooper Brad Bucey.

Zorger “had alcohol in her system, but [the patrol] is not releasing exactly how much,” Bucey said.

The crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet.

The patrol is waiting for an autopsy report to determine whether it was the alcohol or the crash that killed the 6-month-old fetus, Bucey said.

“We’re in contact with the prosecutor’s office and waiting for the coroner’s report before we make charges,” he added.

Under Ohio law, Zorger could face charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in connection with both deaths or a more serious charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, depending on what her blood-alcohol level was during the crash, Bucey said.

He said that stretch of Detwiler Road, just south of Western Reserve Road, “hasn’t been a problem area in the past” for accidents.

In February 2009, Zorger pleaded no contest to charges of child endangering, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while intoxicated and was found guilty by a judge. She was sentenced to pay a fine, placed on one year’s probation and ordered to seek drug and alcohol treatment, according to court dockets.

Calling hours for Schumacher are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.


1endthismess(463 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

So, Mrs. Darla Schumacher died for nothing, was taken from her family for nothing, at the hands of a repeat violater and offender.. who took the lives of not one but two innocent people... that late Monday afternoon. Is there someone, anyone.. out there who can finally enforce and then permanently change the law? Please step up. Your servcies are needed, NOW.

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2Attis(1128 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

A fetus is not an "unborn child". Or are you, readers and writer, an "undead corpse"? Birth and death do make a difference, as does drinking and driving while pregnant.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Drugs and acohol waste the lives of many . The penalties for causing the carnage on the roads hasn't stopped the majority of drug and alcohol abusers . Incarceration is the most effective while fines and probation do little good in stopping the epidemic .

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4mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Pray for the women who lost her life and the family she leaves behind. The blood alcohol limit will determine what charges will be filed against the repeat offender. What an idiot---I wonder if she has a conscience---she will have to live with this the rest of her life.

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5Wapiti(139 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I doubt the killer Zorger will have any regrets over the life she took let alone that of the unborn child. She'll just say it wasn't her fault...she was drunk.

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6endthismess(463 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

bethnorman-How totally ignorant of you to post your tacky,stupid,rude, insensitive, begging cowardly ad for attention while others are discussing someone's tragic death. This woman is being shown this afternoon and buried tomorrow morning! Go get a life, plug into it and than live it. Your should be embarassed for your pitiful self. You are in the wrong forum here ya beast. Where are you stinking manners? Don't have any, right? Stop pestering people for money, will ya.

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7NoWorries(7 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Raechel Anne Zorger also has a DUI from PA back in 2006.

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8republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Her blood alcohol was around .25, according to family. Was she drinking alone, or getting this smashed, while pregnant, with other people. if she was with other people, they should be charged as well. This is obviously a very screwed up and sick girl.

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9Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Sad, Sad . but she got away with it time after time . WHY !!!!! My guess is she will this time too.. There is just to much covering up in Canfield . Just go out and sit at the Mcdonalds on 224 on the weekends and watch what happens.

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10cheybaby2(103 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Raechel Needs To Pay For Her Unforgiven Actions. Some People Should Not Have Kids, This Is The Case Here. She should Of Never Had Her drivers License, or Plates Let alone a Vehicle. The Court Never Follows Through on Making Sure these offenders go to there court ordered Rehap drug/alcohol. The Court Doesn't Push It Neither Does There PO .. Now She Not Only Takes Her Child's Life But She Took a 55 Yr Old Woman., i cant Stand A DRUNK

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11wondering2(32 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Two inocent people died, may they rest in peace.

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12noneurbusiness(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I dont know any of these people but the baby that was lost lets not forget the father he didnt make the decisions that raechel made and im sure the family of raechels are hurting as well as the family of the 55 yr old women.. this is a tragedy but @ NOWORRIES u have no business putting out documents for random ppl to see that is no one but the courts business so shame on u!!! and im sorry to both families for the lost of the unborn baby and the lady my thoughts and prayers r with u all!!!!!!!

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