UPDATE: Dinner Held in Memory of Woman Killed in Car Crash

By: News Email
By: News Email

UPDATE 10/13/2014 11:15 AM

Just over a year ago a young woman's life was tragically cut short.

An event her family started to carry on her memory helps children in need.

She was loved by those who knew her.

Chyennea Uppole lost her life in a car crash in July 2013.

The 20-year-old's mom started an event after the accident to honor her daughter.

Loved ones say Chyennea loved children.

This passion inspired a now annual benefit.

Last year they made six kids Christmas wishes come true.

This year they're trying to beat that record.

Money raised goes to Washington County Children Services' holiday wish program.

Community businesses donate the raffle items and everyone who comes to the dinner buys a ticket - yet another way to support this cause.


UPDATE 7/4/13 5:45 P.M.

The Ohio Highway Patrol released the names of the two people killed in the milk truck crash.

The patrol says 40 year old Dwight Knapp from Marietta and his 20 year old passenger Chyennea Uppole from Vincent died at the scene.

The patrol is investigating whether Knapp might've had some kind of medical problem that caused the truck to swerve back and forth for a mile before crashing.


UPDATE: 7/4/13 10:30 A.M.

After further investigation officials say two have been killed in the early morning milk truck accident.

Investigators say they both were in the truck and were dead when they arrived on scene.

They can confirm it is a 40 year old male and a 20 year old female.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a driver reported around 5:30 Thursday morning a milk truck was driving erratically northbound on Ohio Route 7.


UPDATE 7/4/13 8:50 A.M.

Police say a man was all over the road before crashing his truck Thursday morning.

He died in that accident.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a driver reported around 5:30 Thursday morning a milk truck was driving erratically northbound on Ohio Route 7.

Troopers say the truck was all over the road for a mile before going over a hillside between River Lane and Americas Styrenics, near the entrance of the Solvay Employee Park.

There was one man in the truck and he was dead when first responders arrived.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

In addition to the patrol, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Warren Township Fire and EMS responded to the accident.

No other vehicles were involved.

The name of the driver isn't being released at this time.

There are no road closures at this time.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


There has been a fatal accident on Route 7 between Belpre and Marietta.

A reporter is on the scene

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a milk truck ran off the road on Rt. 7 northbound just past Americas Styrenics, near River Lane.

There are no road closures at this point but just be aware if you are traveling that direction.

Troopers say there is no cause at this point but witnesses do say he was driving erratically before running off the road.


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