Early morning crash sends woman to hospital

EAST LIVERPOOL – An early-morning crash on state Route 11 just inside city limits sent a Youngstown-area woman to a Pittsburgh hospital, with a medical helicopter landing on the highway in order to transport her.

Danielle Boyer, 27, received what city police officers described as “serious” injuries in the crash, which occurred just moments before 7 a.m. in the southbound lane.

According to Detective Don Fickes, Boyer began to pass another vehicle driven by Steven White, East Liverpool, when she lost control of her vehicle on black ice in the passing lane.

Her vehicle went slid sideways, striking White’s vehicle in the outer lane then went back into the passing lane where it was struck in the driver’s door by a southbound vehicle driven by Ronald Coleman of Leetonia.

Boyer was pinned in her vehicle by the impact from Coleman’s vehicle and had to be extricated by the city fire department which responded along with Tri-County ambulance.

“Both did an excellent job of getting her out of there. She was pinned in there pretty good,” Fickes said of the fire department and ambulance crew.

The southbound lane was closed to traffic with assistance from St. Clair and Liverpool Township police departments while emergency personnel responded, including a STAT MedEvac helicopter which landed right on the highway.

Police said Boyer works at East Liverpool City Hospital not far from where the accident occurred.

Neither of the other drivers was injured, according to police, who said Boyer’s vehicle was towed by Calcutta Towing and Coleman’s by First Class Towing.