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Fatality claims Ohio woman

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

An Ohio woman traveling back from visiting family in Tennessee was killed last week when her 2005 Dodge Durango went airborne and struck a bridge abutment.

Natasha A. Schaupp and her two-year-old daughter were traveling north on Interstate-75 near the Williamstown exit when Schaupp lost control of the vehicle, which swerved off the right side of the road behind the guardrail nearly 500 feet before flying 10 feet off the ground and hitting a concrete column.

The child, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle in a child seat, was removed from the wreckage by a passing motorist. She was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital where she was later treated and released.

Grant County Coroner Marylee Willoby said the vehicle crumpled around the child but the area directly around her car seat created a little pocket.

“It’s by the grace of God that child was OK,” Willoby said.

Willoby said Schaupp apparently ran off the road.

“We don’t suspect alcohol or any impairment. Witnesses said she didn’t brake, just ran off the road,” Willoby said.

Willoby pronounced Schaupp dead at the scene. Toxicology results are pending.

Detective Kevin Flick of the Kentucky State Police is investigating. He was assisted at the scene by the Williamstown and Dry Ridge Fire Departments and the Williamstown Police Department.