December 22, 2014

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Patrol: Medina woman not intoxicated or texting at time of fatal crash

Corrine Reid

Corrine Reid

GRAFTON TWP. — A woman who was fatally injured in a July car crash was not intoxicated or texting at the time of the crash, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Corrine Reid, 25, a mother of two from Medina, died in a one-vehicle crash on Cowley Road while driving home from a wedding July 19.

Reid’s sister, Lori Reid, said the family feels vindicated by announcement.

“We never had any doubt about my sister’s integrity, but it is nice to have the validation that she isn’t ‘just another drunk driver’,” Reid said in a written statement. “My family and I are pleased that it wasn’t alcohol or texting related.”

A news release from the patrol initially stated “speed, alcohol and seat belt use are considered factors in the crash.” However, Patrol Lt. Travis Hughes said a recently-completed toxicology report showed that Reid’s blood-alcohol content was .039 at the time of the crash, below the legal driving limit of .08.

“(Alcohol) was involved but she was not over the legal limit,” Hughes said. He added that troopers also determined Reid was not texting around the time of the crash, and she was not wearing a seat belt.

Reid was driving southbound about 2 a.m. on Cowley Road near Crocker Road, heading home from a wedding July 19 when her 2002 Jeep Liberty went off the right side of the road, re-entered the road and then went off the road again, into a ditch, according to troopers. Reid was thrown from the vehicle and was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The patrol is still investigating what caused the crash, Hughes said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.