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Published: Tuesday, 3/31/2009

Driver in crash fatal to 3 had alcohol in system

FREMONT A driver who caused a fatal accident this month in which she and two other people were killed had alcohol in her system at the time, the Ohio Highway Patrol said Monday.

Carlene Barker, 51, of Port Clinton, had a blood alcohol level of 0.097 percent, Sgt. Brett Gockstetter of the patrol s Fremont post said. The legal driving limit in Ohio is 0.08 percent.

Mrs. Barker s car veered into the path of a sport utility vehicle on State Rt. 53 at 1:30 p.m. March 1. In addition to Mrs. Barker, a passenger, Timothy Vance, 45, of Port Clinton, was killed. Her husband, Danny, 55, also of Port Clinton, was injured seriously. R. Glenn Cannon, Jr., 58, of Fremont, who was driving the SUV, also died.

At least three open beer cans were found in the Barker car, authorities said. An unopened 12-pack of beer was in the vehicle as well.

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