June 23, 2020
Lieutenant Lt. Jeffrey S. Greene
 
State Highway Patrol investigating Fatal crash on SR-5
 
Charlestown Twp. – The Ravenna Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a single vehicle, fatal crash which occurred on SR-5 near Rock Springs Road / Mile Post 8. The crash occurred at 10:01 hours on June 23, 2020.
 
According to the Patrol, a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling westbound on SR-5, approaching Rock Springs Road. From evidence gathered at the scene and witness statements, Troopers determined the Monte Carlo overtook multiple westbound vehicles at a high rate of speed and lost control while re-entering the lane of travel. The vehicle went off the north side of the roadway and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn, ejecting both adult occupants. A male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. A female passenger was transported to University Hospitals-Portage Medical Center and later flown via medical helicopter to Akron City Hospital. She remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries. Neither occupant was wearing a safety belt.
 
“Again, this is a tragedy which did not have to happen and unfortunately, loved ones are left behind to suffer” stated Lt. Jeffrey Greene, OSHP Ravenna Post Commander. “For the second time in 4 days, a Portage County crash has claimed the life of a motorist due to their failure to comply with Ohio’s safety belt law. Of the four fatal crashes in Portage County this year (2020), three have involved no safety belts and three involved excessive speed. Now, we have a passenger fighting for her life in the hospital from today’s crash. Family members do not deserve to suffer this type of senseless pain. Had these motorists chosen to properly apply their safety belts, the outcomes may have been much different.”
 
Excessive speed is a factor, and impairment has not been ruled out. Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification. The crash remains under investigation.
 
Charlestown, Rootstown and Ravenna City Fire Departments, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, Portage County Medical Examiner’s Office, ODOT and Marlboro Towing assisted on scene.