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Mother who died in single-car crash was not intoxicated, texting

Anna Merriman and Loren Genson | The Gazette

Corrine Reid

Corrine Reid

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

Corrine Reid, 25, a mother of two, 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.”

The initial press release from the Highway Patrol stated “speed, alcohol and seat belt use are considered factors in the crash.”

However, patrol Lt. Travis Hughes said Monday a recently completed toxicology report showed that Reid’s blood-alcohol content was 0.039 at the time of the crash, well below the legal driving limit of 0.08.

“(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 was not wearing a seat belt.

Reid was driving south about 2 a.m. on Cowley Road near Crocker Road, heading home from a wedding on July 19 when her 2002 Jeep Liberty went off the right side of the road, re-entered the road and then traveled off the road again into a ditch, according to troopers.

Reid was thrown from the vehicle and later was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center where she died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The patrol is still investigating what caused the crash and how fast Reid was traveling, Hughes said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengensonContact Anna Merriman at (440) 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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