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The 12-year-old daughter of a Garrettsville woman who was fatally struck by two vehicles late Wednesday while crossing U.S. Route 422 in Southington Township ran to a neighbor’s house screaming after witnessing the crash.
The girl’s mother, Christine Pettry, 42, was walking with her daughter, her 12-year-old niece and their friend in the westbound lanes of U.S. 422 near Leiby Osborne Road when she was struck by a car and again by a truck.
Investigators said she was first struck by a Toyota Camry driven by Amanda Mattson, 27, of Burton.
Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators said alcohol is not a factor regarding the drivers of either vehicle but toxicology results for Pettry are still pending. They also said it is believed Pettry was killed by the impact of the first vehicle.
“We are not suspecting alcohol or drugs with the driver of either vehicle,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said. “We are still pending on alcohol tests for the deceased.”
Pettry’s neighbor, Fran Phillips, 78, said Thursday she had just gotten home from church when Pettry’s daughter and niece ran to her home after the accident and said “Mom was hit by a car. She’s dead.”
Phillips said she walked back to U.S. 422 with the girls and saw body parts strewn over the road.
Phillips said Pettry — who lived with her daughter, niece and sister — went to the friend’s home to walk back with the two girls after returning home from work.
They were walking back to their home, about a block away, when Pettry was hit.
“We’re still trying to piece everything together,” Holt said.
Phillips said Pettry may have saved her 13-year-old dughter’s life.
“The 13-year-old turned back onto 422 when the mother got her back out of the way when the car hit her,” said Phillips. “In my opinion she saved that girl’s life.”