Distracted Driving a Likely Cause for Roll-over Accident

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Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, July 4th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A 33-year-old woman received injuries in an afternoon crash.

A city roadway was blocked on Tuesday for roughly 45 minutes allowing crews to clean-up a two-vehicle accident.

New Philadelphia Police Captain Ty Norris says they responded just before 2pm after a 911 call advised there was an accident in the 400 block of West High Avenue.

“Both vehicles were traveling eastbound on West High. One of the vehicles stopped in the roadway to turn left into an apartment complex.”

Based on their investigation, Norris explains Khristen Arthurs, of New Philadelphia, was probably driving distracted, didn’t notice the vehicle had stopped ahead of her, and attempted to swerve left.

“She collided with the vehicle in front of her. Basically, her car went underneath the SUV and when that happened, her left-front wheel locked up with the passenger side rear wheel of that vehicle and ended up catapulting her car into a roll-over accident. [The car] landed back on all four tires.”

Arthurs was taken to Union Hospital for a head injury and was cognizant. She had a 10-month child in the backseat who was not injured.

The SUV driver was not hurt, and both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Captain Norris reminds residents that when getting behind the wheel to never drive distracted, especially during holidays when traffic increases.

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