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Crash Kills Woman In Bethlehem

March 14, 2011
By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer

BETHLEHEM - A woman was killed in a two-car crash Sunday in Bethlehem, according to State Police officials.

Elizabeth Wright, 87, of Sherrard died from the head-on collision occurring on West Virginia 88 in Bethlehem near the intersection of Maple Avenue, a report stated. A rear-seat passenger in the vehicle, Wright was not wearing a seat belt and received fatal head trauma as the result of the accident.

The exact time of the incident wasn't indicated in the report. Troopers from Wheeling and Moundsville detachments responded to the accident.

Wright was the passenger in a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt traveling north on W.Va. 88 when it was struck by a 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Stephanie Berlinski, 18, no address provided. Berlinski's car was traveling north when it went left of center and struck the Cobalt, according to the report.

Arley McCormick, 80, was the driver of the Cobalt, and Betsy McCormick, 76, was a front-seat passenger, police said. The report noted that both were wearing their seat belts, and were protected by driver and passenger side airbags. Arley McCormick received minor abrasions, and Betsy McCormick was treated at Wheeling Hospital for a broken ankle.

Wright was pronounced dead at the scene by Ohio County Medical Examiner George Lewis. The New York State Police was contacted to notify Wright's next of kin.

Trooper L.R. White said an investigation into the crash continues, and charges have not been filed.

He said a preliminary review of the facts of the crash indicated that Berlinski was returning home from working the night shift when she fell asleep and traveled left of center. Berlinksi was transported to the Ohio Valley Medical Center for treatment.

White said he plans to submit the results of his investigations to the Ohio County prosecutor early next week, and charges are likely to be filed then.

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