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COLUMBUS -- Columbus Police have identified two Mansfield women killed in a head-on automobile collision on Interstate 71 on Nov. 26.

T’naya Shanice Douglas of Mansfield was driving a 2005 Ford Escape in the left lane of I-71 northbound when her vehicle was struck by a 2012 Honda Civic traveling the wrong way.

Review of ODOT freeway video showed the Honda Civic drive on to I-71 from the access ramp and proceed southbound in the northbound lanes of I-71. No video of the actual crash was available.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. at mile marker 120, just south of Polaris Parkway.

The Accident Investigative Unit of the Columbus Division of Police is investigating the crash.

Douglas and her passenger Zhakyla Nyijah Jackson, also of Mansfield, were transported to Riverside Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the traffic crash report. Both women were pronounced dead at around 3:55 a.m.

The driver of the Honda Civic, 26-year-old Jacinto Mejia De La Cruz of Columbus, was transported to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead at 4:01 a.m.

Douglas, 19, attended Mansfield Senior High and Mansfield IMAC. She is survived by two daughters. 

Jackson, 19, attended Mansfield Senior High School and Mansfield IMAC. She worked as a dietary aide at Arbors of Mifflin. She is survived by one daughter.

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