Woman injured in crash dies


A young southern Ohio woman has died from injuries suffered in a head-on crash Monday at Coles Park on Ohio 73 in Washington Township, Scioto County. Jessica M. Harris, 19 of Piketon, Ohio died from her Injuries Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.

Harris was critically injured when a car in which she was a passenger, reportedly went left of center and struck a box truck head on.

The Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the fatal crash occurred around 3:36 pm on Monday.

Tara Dawn Carver, age 19, of Piketon, was driving a 2006 Saturn Ion northbound on Ohio 73 with Harris as her passenger. Troopers said Carver drove left of center and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by John L. Hanes, 55, of Stout, Ohio, who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet 3500 box truck, southbound on Ohio 73 with no passengers.

Harris was airlifted from the scene and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital the next day.

Carver and Hanes were both airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, where both were reported in stable condition Wednesday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Washington Township EMS and Fire Department, and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation by personnel of the Portsmouth Post and further information will be released when available.

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