MONTVILLE TWP., Ohio — A head-on collision has taken the life of a Bath Township high school student and left three others with serious injuries.
Police said they were called to River Styx Road south of Turnberry Drive at 10:22 p.m. Sunday.
The preliminary investigation revealed Katherine Babak, 16, of Bath Township was driving north in a Plymouth Acclaim when she was hit by a southbound jeep that had crossed over the center line.
Multiple 911 calls to police requested extracation equipment to free trapped victims from the badly damaged cars.
In the car with Babak were two passengers identified by police as Valerie Snyder, 15, of Cuyahoga Falls who was in the front seat and Earlena Couch, 16, of Montville Township who was in the rear seat.
Police said the jeep that hit them was driven by Jeremy Goodrich, 26, of Rittman.
Goodrich along with both of Babak’s passengers were taken by helicopter to area hospitals.
Lt. Matthew Neil of the Montville Twp. Police Department said Babak died at the scene.
“People don’t always see the human side of law enforcement. We are all humans on the other side of this uniform. We all have families and most all of us have children and I, myself, having a teenage son that’s going to start driving, this does hit home. It hits home with all of us that were there,” said Neil, who was at the scene of the crash.
Babak was a student at Revere High School in Bath Township.
Superintendent Randy Boroff told FOX 8 News on Monday that his office had been in communication with a family, working with a liason to try and honorably remember Babak and address the loss within the school community.
Boroff called Babak a good student who was well-liked and was also a member of the high school golf team.
Her mother is also a substitute teacher in the Revere School District.
Police on Monday were still carefully working on the details of the investigation and did not want to speculate about any cause.
The accident happened on an area of River Styx Road where there are curves and where Lt. Neil said there are no street lights.
Police said the posted speed limit in that area of River Styx Road is 45mph.
They could not yet say what speeds the two vehicles had been travelling or who, if anyone, had been wearing a seat belt.
Both of the vehicles involved in the crash were very badly damaged.
As of Monday evening, no charges had been filed.