Woman indicted in late 2020 crash

Impact killed woman and injured sister

YOUNGSTOWN — Jayce R. Klink, 22, of South Avenue in Poland, was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault in the two-vehicle, Dec. 2, 2020, crash that killed Tiara J. Whatley, 35, and badly injured her sister, Sharenda Whatley, 32.

Klink was driving the wrong way on Interstate 680 at the time of the 9:44 p.m. crash near the northbound Glenwood Avenue exit, according to Youngstown police and prosecutors.

Klink’s vehicle hit a vehicle driven by Sharenda Whatley, 32. Whatley was badly injured in the crash. Her sister, Tiara J. Whatley, 35, was dead at the scene.

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

The felony vehicular-assault charge relates to Sharenda Whatley and her injuries.

If Klink is convicted of the offenses, she could get several years in prison. She is likely to be arraigned in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in about two weeks.

Sharenda Whatley told The Vindicator shortly after the crash that Tiara was a nurse at the Omni Manor nursing home in Youngstown and the mother of four children between the ages of 7 and 18, including 11-year-old twins.

“My daughter has four children, and it’s really rough on them,” said Tyra Brodie, Tiara’s mother.

Sharenda suffered numerous broken bones in her arms and legs and also was in danger of dying the first two or three days after the crash, Brodie said.

Youngstown police did not release any information afterward on what caused the crash. Brodie said she did not know much herself.

“All I know is a young lady got on the freeway going the wrong direction and hit the median. That’s all I know,” Brodie said of what police told her.