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Poland woman pleads not guilty to charges

Accused in vehicular homicide on Interstate 680 in Dec. 2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Jayce R. Klink, 22, of South Avenue in Poland, accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 680 in December 2020 and hitting another car head-on, was arraigned Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The crash killed Tiara J. Whatley, 35, and badly injured her sister, Sharenda Whatley, 32.

Klink pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, a felony, vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor, and other charges of vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. Klink was released on the same $10,000 bond set in Youngstown Municipal Court shortly after she was charged in the case in March.

The crash took place at 9:44 p.m. near the northbound Glenwood Avenue exit, according to Youngstown police and prosecutors. The driver was traveling southbound on the northbound lanes and hit the other vehicle head-on, prosecutors allege.

The felony aggravated vehicular homicide charge, misdemeanor vehicular homicide charge and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges pertain to Tiara Whatley, according to Klink’s indictment.

The felony vehicular assault charge relates to Sharenda Whatley.

If Klink is convicted of the offenses, she could get several years in prison.

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