Solon, Willoughby women recovering after Florida crash

6:57 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Two Northeast Ohio women driving home from spring break died and seven others remain hospitalized after a traffic crash in the Florida Panhandle Saturday morning.

Diana Mitchell, of Solon, and Lauren Kane, of Willoughby, both 22, were passengers in the car driven by Brittney Gallagher, 21, of Willoughby. Also in the 2000 Dodge 4-door car was Courtney Miller, 21, of Niles.

Gallagher and Miller were pronounced dead at the scene and Mitchell and Kane were taken to Bay Medical Center in critical condition where they remain Monday.

On Monday afternoon, Mitchell was listed in stable condition and Kane was listed in guarded condition.

All four were Ohio State University students. Gallagher was a 2009 graduate of Lake Catholic High School, while Miller was a 2009 graduate of Niles McKinley High School.

The Florida Highway Patrol crash report states that Gallagher was driving near Ebro on Saturday morning when she drifted into oncoming traffic.

Troopers said Gallagher's attempts to correct the problem caused her vehicle to rotate and cross into the path of a 2006 Dodge pickup truck driven by Kelly Porter of Stillwater, Okla.

Gallagher and Miller were pronounced dead at the scene and both were wearing their seatbelts.

The driver of the pickup, 26-year-old Kelly Porter of Stillwater, Oklahoma and three of his four passengers, 22-year-old Tyler Magar of Yukon, Oklahoma, 23-year-old Courtney Burnett of Edmond, Oklahoma and 21-year-old 21 Matt Gallant of Oklahoma City, were all taken to Gulf Coast Medical Center in serious condition.

Braden Solis, 21, of Oklahoma City suffered minor injuries.

Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Porter, Solis and Magar are students at Oklahoma State University. Gallant attends the University of Oklahoma. Burnett goes to Southeast Missouri State.


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