Official involved in fatal accident


Staff Reports

BOARDMAN — A three-vehicle crash on Monday that claimed the life of an elderly man involved Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel.

The identity of the 69-old man who died is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family.

The accident occurred on Western Reserve Road at 11:15 a.m. Bosel, 48, of Salem, was driving west in a Jeep Wrangler, and coming from the opposite direction was a GMC Terrain operated by Drema Kessel, 70, of Salem. Behind the Terrain was a Ford Fusion driven by the 69-year-old man.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Wrangler and Terrain “made contact in the roadway,” with the Terrain going off the south side of the road. The Wrangler then struck the Fusion, forcing it off the road.

The 69-year-old man driving the Fusion was transported to the nearby St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

His 66-year-old female passenger was also taken to St. Elizabeth with non-life threatening injuries.

Bosel was not injured and neither were Kessel and her passenger, Felecia Detchon, 25, of Salem.

Kessel and the driver of the Fusion were wearing seatbelts, but Bosel was not.

The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending, the patrol said.


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