LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Licking County.
According to the OSHP, around 4:15 a.m., Monday, a 2013 Lincoln MKZ being driven by a 17-year-old male was traveling southbound on Mink Street in Jersey Township, when the vehicle went off the roadway, struck two trees and caught fire.
A passenger in the Lincoln, Ashleigh Church, 19, of Reynoldsburg, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 17-year-old male was pulled by the vehicle by a passerby who rendered aid, before the teen was taken to an area hospital in serious condition.
Troopers continue to investigate, but say Church was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and alcohol impairment is considered a factor.