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Hanoverton woman faces charges for deadly head-on crash

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Bond has been continued for a Hanoverton woman accused of causing a traffic accident that left three people dead and six others injured.

Rachael Lindesmith, 31, was arraigned Thursday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and five counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

Investigators say Lindesmith was driving a Jeep on January 19 that crossed into the oncoming lane of Route 518, running head-on into an SUV.

The driver of the SUV, James Nign, 39, of Calcutta was killed, along with his wife Meghann, 29, and Addisyn Benzel, 11, of Minerva, who was thrown from the cargo compartment of the vehicle.

The six surviving occupants of the SUV ranged in age from 9-months old to 11 years old.  Only three of the children in the SUV were either wearing seat belts or were restrained in some other manner.

In response to that deadly crash, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has sponsored a bill that would make it a primary offense for children under the age of 15 to ride in a vehicle without being in a car seat or wearing a seat belt.

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