Lorain woman killed in wrong-way crash in Swanton


A Lorain woman who was driving the wrong way on a highway was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Swanton on Friday.

The Toledo Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal crash on Airport Highway near Turtle Creek Drive. The crash occurred on Friday at approximately 10:03 p.m.

A black Kia Optima driven by Patience Chaney, 45, Lorain, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Airport Highway, according to the Highway Patrol. A gray Lincoln Navigator driven by Joshua Wheeler, 28, Swanton, was eastbound on Airport Highway. The Lincoln Navigator was struck head on by the Kia Optima.

Chaney was not a wearing safety belt and died. Wheeler was not injured, and was wearing a safety belt.

Chaney was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash, according to the patrol.

Airport Highway remained shut down for two hours.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Swanton Police Department, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Fire Department, Swanton Fire Department, Lucas County EMS and Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.

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