Second victim dies in I-76 crash

By David Skolnick


An elderly couple died as a result of a two-car crash on Interstate 76.

Dolores Stoner, 83, and her husband, Kenneth R. Stoner, 87, of Newton Falls were in the back seat of a 2011 Toyota Camry, driven by their son Kenneth D. Stoner, 60, of Ravenna, with wife, Paula, 60, in the front passenger seat, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canfield post.

The vehicle was stopped in traffic in a construction zone at 3:01 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 76 eastbound, at milepost 59, just west of I-80, when it was struck by a 2013 Acura RDX, driven by Lynn M. Berger, 35, of Cranberry, Pa.

State police said Dolores Stoner died from injuries suffered in the crash shortly after arriving at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Her husband died early Sunday.

Their son and his wife had non-life threatening injuries and were taken to St. Elizabeth, while Berger suffered minor injuries in the crash and wasn’t taken to a hospital, according to the OSHP.

The crash remains under investigation by the OSHP.

The interstate between Bailey Road and state Route 46 was closed for more than two hours after the accident Saturday afternoon.

The patrol also reported several other accidents at the same construction area earlier Saturday.

So far this year, eight people have died in traffic accidents in Mahoning County, the same number as this time last year, according to OSHP statistics.

Overall in 2012, 21 people died in traffic accidents in the county. There were 25 traffic fatalities in 2011.

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