Crash kills Caldwell woman

A Caldwell woman died in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on U.S. 22 just outside of Cambridge.

Jody Bice, 35, of Caldwell was driving a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica east on U.S. 22, a two-lane road about 4 miles east of Interstate 77, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Cunningham, of the Cambridge post, which investigated the crash.

She died when a 17-year-old boy driving a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck went left of center and collided with Bice’s vehicle, Cunningham said. The Pacifica ended up on top of a guardrail on the side of the road.

The pickup rolled over after the collision. The driver was not hurt. His name was not released by the patrol. No one else was in the truck. Cunningham said tests are pending to see if alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

Two young sisters, ages 4 and 5, were riding in the back seat of Bice’s vehicle. The patrol identified the girls, who were not seriously hurt, as Bice’s foster children.

Bice was using her seat belt at the time of the crash. The patrol is investigating whether the girls and the truck driver were using their seat belts, Cunningham said.

Bice taught dance to youngsters in the Caldwell area. A candlelight vigil in her memory was held Sunday night at Bice’s dance studio.