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One person dead in Salem rollover crash

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SALEM, Ohio - A 25-year-old woman is dead after the car she was in struck a ditch and rolled over on U.S. Route 62.

Brooke Penick, of Salem, and Stephen W. Bell, 27, also of Salem, were both ejected during the crash late Friday night.

Penick was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Bell was flown to St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown with serious injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigating the crash say neither of the victims were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is suspected.

Investigators have not determined who was driving at the time of the crash.

This is the seventh fatal crash and ninth traffic fatality in Columbiana County this year and the Lisbon Highway Patrol post is cracking down on seat belt violators.

For the next two weeks, troopers there will be pulling people over for common infractions, to see if drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts as part of an enforcement blitz.

Talking to 21 News about the enforcement blitz Friday afternoon, Sgt. Ron Cox said the seat belt will save your live.

"We're having these crashes and the last several years in this county, if the person had a seat belt on, they would have been fine," Cox said.

Troopers say a seat belt ticket costs the driver around a hundred dollars but not wearing one could cost you your life.

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