A Columbus woman was killed Thursday morning in an Allen County crash that sent her car skidding into a field and left another vehicle on its side.

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Lima troopers say 23-year-old Tashonda Ward was pronounced dead at the scene. They believe she was heading south on Thayer and stopped at the stop sign at State Route 309. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the crash happened after Ward pulled out in front of the pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Mark Oberly of Harrod.

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Oberly was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Troopers say a 2-year-old in Ward's car was not properly restrained in a car seat and was ejected on impact. He had just minor injuries and was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital.

State Route 309 was closed for about two hours from the crash.

Media Release on behalf of Ohio State Highway Patrol

Allen County – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash which occurred on State Route 309 at Thayer Road, east of Lima.

On January 3rd, at approximately 5:20 a.m., a 2001 Ford Escape, driven by Tashonda Ward, 23, of Columbus, was southbound on Thayer Road and stopped at a stop sign at State Route 309. When attempting to cross State Route 309, Ms. Ward failed to yield to a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck, driven by Mark J. Oberly, 58, of Harrod. After impact, the F-250 overturned and came to rest in a field. The Escape traveled off the road and came to rest in a field.

A passenger in the Escape, two-year-old Christian Cabrera-Clark, was not properly restrained in a child safety seat and was ejected at impact. He was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Mr. Oberly was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Ms. Ward was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol/drug impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Mr. Oberly and Ms. Ward were both wearing seatbelts.

State Route 309 was closed for approximately two hours but has since reopened and the scene has been cleared.

The Lima Post was assisted on scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, Bath Township Fire and EMS, Lafayette Township Fire Department, Perry Township Fire and EMS, Kinstle’s Towing, and Minnich’s Towing.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to not drive distracted or impaired, and always ensure all occupants of a motor vehicle wear properly adjusted seatbelts.

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