Warren woman dies after car crosses center line and hits her minivan head-on

Staff report


A Warren woman died when an oncoming car crossed the center lane and hit her minivan head-on during an 8:05 a.m. crash on Johnson Plank Road near North Park Avenue this morning.

Marye Urey, 59, of Niles-Cortland Road in Warren, died at ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital after being extricated by mechanical means from her minivan and taken to the hospital. She was taken from the scene with critical injuries.

After the crash, her van ended up in a ditch partly on its side. The driver’s door could not be opened, and the entire passenger side of the van was against the ditch, making escape impossible.

Marye Urey, who was the driver, and Melissa Urey, 25, also of Warren, who was in the front passenger seat, were rescued from the vehicle by the Bazetta Township Fire Department.

Melissa Urey suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at Trumbull Memorial.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, said Urey’s vehicle was traveling westbound on Johnson Plank when a vehicle being driven eastbound by Mark Donaldson, 18, of Greenville Road in Farmdale, went left of center and struck Urey’s vehicle head-on.

Donaldson suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Trumbull Memorial for treatment.

Donaldson and Melissa Urey were wearing seat belts, but Marye Urey was not, troopers said.

Trooper Jeremy Hartman of the highway patrol said Monday afternoon an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

But there had so far been no indication of any use of drugs or alcohol by the drivers and no indication of a mechanical malfunction.

A reconstructionist went to the scene to estimate the speed of the vehicles, and investigators also will try to obtain the recorded speed of the vehicles by accessing data within the vehicles, Hartman said.

Johnson Plank between North Park Avenue and Durst Clagg Road was closed for about 90 minutes because of the crash.

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