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Ohio woman charged with reckless homicide in Jay County crash

PORTLAND, Ind. — An Ohio woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless homicide in a Jay County crash last August that killed one person and severely injured two others.

According to a report by Indiana State Police, a Hyundai Veloster driven by Brianna Faye Mason, now 23, was eastbound on Ind. 26 near Ind. 67 about 2:20 am Aug. 14 when the Veloster left the state highway, became airborne, crashed and rolled.

A passenger in the Veloster, 20-year-old Taylor Lewis Lemaster of Berne, was killed.

At least two other passengers, young women from Anderson and Chesterfield in Madison County, were also seriously injured.

One of those victim’s injuries included a broken pelvis, punctured lung, fractured ribs and three brain bleeds. She was in a coma for three days at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

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While a video taken before the crash showed the car had been traveling at 120 mph, according to the crash report, the Veloster’s speed shortly before it left the highway was about 75 mph.

In recent days, Mason — of Sidney, Ohio, about 50 southeast miles of Portland — was charged in Jay Circuit Court with causing death when driving while intoxicated, reckless homicide, driving without ever receiving a license and two counts of reckless driving.

The most serious count against her is a Level 4 felony carrying up to 12 years in prison.

According to an affidavit, a breath test measured Mason’s blood-alcohol content at 0.086. In Indiana, motorists with a BAC of 0.08 or higher are considered intoxicated.

A warrant was issued for the Ohio woman’s judgment on April 26.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected].