Ohio’s high court: County not liable for teen’s fatal wreck

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that a northeastern Ohio county cannot be held liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair.

The rural road in Wayne County was being repaved in 2011 and had a 4 ½- to 5-inch drop from the asphalt to the dirt berm. The road also lacked edge lines at the time of the accident.

The parents of crash victim Kelli Baker say the county is liable because the road’s condition contributed to the accident.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the edge is not part of the public road, and state and local governments are not liable for accidents based on harm caused by the “edge drop” on the side of the road.

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