Patrol: Driver was distracted

LISBON – An East Liverpool woman was distracted just moments before a crash that claimed her life on June 28, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Investigators at the Patrol’s Lisbon post reported Saturday that Gwen A. Blake, 23, Ohio Avenue, was distracted by something while driving a 2001 Ford Windstar around 12:30 p.m., traveling south on U.S. Route 30 (state Route 11).

Blake’s Windstar struck the center barricade, then drove off the right side of the road and struck a ditch before overturning and landing on the vehicle’s roof. Blake, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was flown to UPMC Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The report, however, did not indicate what it was that distracted Blake.

Her passengers, Matthew D. Randolph, 24, also of Ohio Avenue, and three children, Alexandria Randolph, 4; Aubrey Randolph, 2; and Harmony Randolph, 1, were taken to East Liverpool City Hospital where they were treated and released. Randolph was wearing a seat belt, and all three children were strapped into child safety seats.

Trooper Race Baker handled the investigation.