Crash claims area woman's life

Icy roads lead to head-on crash on Ohio 61.
Aaron Krause
Dec 26, 2013


An area woman was killed early Thursday in a traffic accident north of Shelby.

Kimberly R. Welch, 22, of Shelby, was driving a 1997 Honda Accord north on Ohio 61 at 5:30 a.m. when her vehicle slid left of center on the icy roadway and collided head-on with a southbound 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by William A. Funk, 58, of Willard, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Mansfield post.

Welch was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner's Office.

Funk was taken to MedCentral Shelby Hospital. He suffered several injuries and was initially listed in critical but stable condition. He was released from that hospital later in the day, a hospital spokesperson said.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The crash remains under investigation by the state patrol's Mansfield post and the Ohio State Patrol Reconstruction Unit.

This accident happened a few hours after another head-on crash that killed a person. To read about that accident, click HERE.

According to the patrol's website, there have been nearly 900 confirmed fatalities this year, down from 1,073 in 2012.


Yall Make Me Sick

Praying for all family's involved.


How sad..send in prayers to this family