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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.

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