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Bath teen killed in car accident

8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Montville Police Department is investigating the fatal crash Aug. 3 on River Styx Road.
Photo courtesy of the Montville Police Department
Katherine Babek
Photo courtesy of Revere Local Schools
MONTVILLE — Bath resident Katherine Babak was killed and three others were seriously injured in a head-on collision on River Styx Road in Montville Township Aug. 3 at about 10:22 p.m.

According to Montville Police Department Lt. Matthew Neil, a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Jeremy Goodrich, 26, of Rittman, was traveling south on River Styx Road when it crossed the center line south of Turnberry Drive into the northbound lanes and collided head-on with a Plymouth Acclaim driven by Babak, 16. Her passengers were Earlena Couch, 16, of Montville, who was seated in the back, and Valerie Snyder, 15, of Cuyahoga Falls, who was seated in the front.

Neil said the accident took place on a straight section of road between two curves. The speed limit is 45 mph.

Neil said Babak died at the scene and Couch and Snyder have life-threatening injuries. He said Goodrich also suffered serious injuries. All three of the injured were flown by helicopters to area hospitals, Neil said.

The Montville Police Department, Sharon and Medina fire departments and the Life Support Team responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls and helped remove victims trapped in the two vehicles, according to Neil. The Medina Police Department also assisted in directing traffic in the area.

The road was closed for four hours while emergency personnel worked to free the victims and investigate the accident, and Neil said the investigation is continuing. No charges had been filed by presstime.

Babak was set to start 11th grade at Revere High School later this month, according to Revere Local Schools Superintendent Randy Boroff.

Boroff said she was “a member of the golf team and a good student who had many friends. She was a joy to have in school and always had a smile on her face.”

Boroff said a candlelight ceremony in conjunction with CrossPoint Alliance Church in Copley to remember Katherine was to be held Aug. 5 at 8:30 p.m. at the high school.

“It’s just so sad, and we are all terribly impacted by this,” said Boroff. “Something like this has such a sobering effect on the entire school district and the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

A service for Babak is scheduled for today, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at CrossPoint Church, located at 855 Rothrock Road. Visitation will take place one hour before the service.

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