GALLIA COUNTY — The Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is investigating a one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of an area teenager Friday afternoon.
Bethany Hackney, 18, of Oak Hill, died as the result of injuries sustained in the crash. According to a press release issued by the OSHP, four teens were traveling southbound on Gallia CR 57 (Fairview Road) in a 1999 Chevy Blazer. At approximately 3:05 p.m., the driver, Brianna Byus, 18, of Gallipolis, reportedly drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and came to rest on its top.
Hackney was transported to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, but died as a result of her injuries. Hackney was the left rear passenger in the vehicle when the crash occurred.
Byus and her two additional passengers, Jordan Coughenour, 17, and Kayla Williamson, 18, both of Gallipolis, were transported with minor injuries to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis via Gallia County Emergency Medical Service.
According to the OSHP press release, Byus was the only vehicle occupant wearing a seat belt. As of press time, no charges had yet been filed related to this crash.
Gallia CR 57 was closed for approximately four hours following the incident. The crash remains under investigation.