Case continued in traffic death from last May

CORRECTION: The Vindicator erroneously reported that Mark J. Donaldson was indicted on Wednesday. The case was continued and The Vindicator regrets the error.

Staff report


A Trumbull County grand jury Wednesday continued the case of a 19-year-old Farmdale man who is under investigation for a fatal accident over a year ago.

Mark J. Donaldson has been under investigation since the accident on Johnson Plank Road in Bazetta Township at 8:05 a.m. May 9, where state troopers said a car he was driving hit a minivan head-on and killing the driver, Marye Urey, 59, of Niles-Cortand Road, Warren.

A blood test shortly after the accident revealed traces of marijuana in his system above the legal limit for driving, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Investigators said Donaldson told them that he smokes marijuana every night to help him fall asleep, and the last time he had smoked marijuana before the crash was 12:45 that morning.

Donaldson told the troopers he has a condition that can cause a loss of consciousness. In a written statement, Donaldson told troopers he did not remember crossing the center line and “stated he may have passed out, causing him to drive left of center.”

His last recollection was leaving the Trumbull Career and Technical Center after dropping off his girlfriend for school.

Inside his car troopers found two bags of marijuana and a marijuana grinder on the floor.