JACKSON — The Ohio Sate Highway Patrol’s Jackson post is investigating a crash that involved the fatality of one woman who was a former Marshal University student athlete and a University of Rio Grande assistant volleyball coach.
The crash occurred on U.S. 35 near Bronx Corner Road around 3:40 p.m. Friday.
According to OSHP reports, Ada Ison, 83, of Ray, failed to yield when coming out of a private driveway. The vehicle Ison drove was struck when traveling eastbound on U.S. 35 by a Toyota Prius driven by Emileigh Cooper, 22, of Ray. The Prius then crossed the median into westbound lanes. Cooper struck a westbound Jeep Renegade driven by Monroe Raber, 27, of Wellston, head on. David Miller, 52, of Nederland, Texas, driving a Chevrolet Venture, was unable to stop and slid into the Raber’s vehicle.
Responders took Cooper to Holzer Hospital in Jackson with life-threatening injuries. She was then flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus before passing from her injuries. Raber and Miller were examined on scene before being released and Ison was not harmed.
All drivers are reported as having worn seat belts. Intoxication was not a factor in the collisions. The crash is still currently under OSHP investigation. Reports say this is the second fatal crash of 2016 in Jackson County. Troopers encourage motorists to remain alert while driving and to always wear safety harnesses.
According to www.rioredstorm.com, Emileigh Cooper was in her first season serving as assistant volleyball coach with the RedStorm team. She was a Jackson High School graduate and played volleyball, basketball and softball in her time there. She was recruited to play those same sports in college. She, however, chose to play softball when signing with Marshall University.
Cooper graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in science and was also working on a nursing degree at the University of Rio Grande. Cooper was also known as being a regular instructor with the university’s summer volleyball camp.
URG President Dr. Michelle Johnston posted a statement about Cooper’s passing on the college’s Facebook page.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of such a bright, beautiful member of the Rio family. Emileigh has touched so many lives and had her sights set on serving others as a nurse. Our entire campus hurts for Emileigh’s family and friends. As soon as we know more about formal arrangements, we will hold an event on campus to honor her life and her many contributions.”