Woman's body found near scene of single vehicle crash in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a woman is dead after a one vehicle crash in Washington County.

Troopers at the Marietta Post say the accident occurred in the area of milepost 5 in Fearing Township on State Route 821. They discovered the crash on January 20 but they say they're still trying to figure out when the accident happened.

Virginia L. Yerkey, 95, of Lower Salem, Ohio, was the victim.

The preliminary investigation indicates she was operating a 2010 Mercury Milan northbound on 821 when she traveled off the right side of the road. The car struck a tree, a utility pole, and then multiple trees. Troopers believe Yerkey exited the vehicle where she succumbed to "environmental exposure."

She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors. The crash remains under investigation.

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