Former area student drowned after weekend crash

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A report says a 20-year-old woman from Beavercreek was driving 60 mph in a 35-mph zone when her car crashed through a guardrail and landed upside down in a northwest Ohio creek.

The report by police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol also indicated that Bianca Bepler was wearing her seatbelt and wasn’t on her cellphone when she crashed into Otter Creek and died on Sunday in Oregon near Toledo.

WTOL-TV reports that authorities are still trying to figure out what went wrong before she crashed.

The 25-page report said Bepler was likely in the submerged car for several hours before it was found because ice had already formed around it.

Bepler, 20, drowned after the accident, Dr. Maneesha Pandey, Lucas County deputy coroner, told the Toledo Blade. She said Ms. Bepler did not suffer other significant injuries that would have contributed to her death.

Bepler, of Beavercreek, was a junior at Eastern Michigan University. Her funeral was held Thursday in Beavercreek.

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