Coroner: Cell phone usage may be factor in Smith Twp. fatal crash

Toxicology tests are pending

Two people have died and two others were injured in a Beloit accident.
A viewer submitted this photo of an accident at Ohio 165 and Courtney Road in Beloit.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office concluded that cell phone usage may have contributed to the crash that killed two people in Smith Township Tuesday.

An autopsy concluded that Julie Gailey, 47, of Sebring died of chest wounds sustained in the accident. Her husband, Robert Gailey, 60, died of his injuries at a Canton hospital.

The coroner’s report stated that “Gailey was not restrained and that cell phone usage may have contributed to the accident and ultimately her death.”

The crash remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Toxicology tests are pending.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gailey was driving a Chevrolet HHR and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Courtney Road and Route 165 in Smith Township and was struck by an SUV, which pushed the HHR into a box truck.

The driver of the SUV, Alexis Drennan, 31, of Salem and two juvenile passengers were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the box truck and his passenger were not hurt.

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