4 Vehicle Fatal Crash Portage County


Ravenna – The Ravenna Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is investigating a four vehicle fatal crash that occurred on State Route 59 west the city of Ravenna. The crash occurred on July 8, 2016 at approximately 1:07 p.m.

The crash claimed one life, 67 year old Curtis W. Williams of Kent, Ohio. He was operating a 2000 Buick Le Sabre which was severely damaged.


Williams was the lone occupant in the car and was not wearing a seat belt at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Portage County Coroner.

The second vehicle was operated by Todd S. Fields, age 47 of Akron. He was injured but not transported to the hospital. He was lone occupant of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee which had heavy damage. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time.


The third vehicle was operated by Michael L. Dougherty II, age 27, of London, Ohio. He was injured but not transported to the hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt. He had one passenger, Jacob D. Coburn, age 30 of London, Ohio. He was injured, but not transported to the hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt. They were in a 2015 Ford F350 truck that was pulling a trailer. The truck and trailer had severe damage.


The fourth vehicle was operated Sarah A. Lavrich, age 30, of Ravenna. She was taken transported to University Hospitals of Portage County by a relative with unknown injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time. Her one year old child who was with her, was also taken to the hospital. It is unknown if they were injured. They had been restrained in a Child Safety Seat. She was operating a 2014 Ford Fusion which had minor damage.


The crash occurred when Williams was westbound on SR59 in the left turn only lane, passed several westbound vehicles, and then struck Fields head-on. Fields was eastbound on SR59 in the left turn lane attempting to make a left turn. After the collision with Fields, Williams’ vehicle continued on striking Dougherty’s truck, who was eastbound on SR59. Williams’ vehicle then struck the Lavrich car, which was also eastbound on SR59.


The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Portage County Coroner.


The Patrol was assisted at the scene the Portage County Sheriff’s Department, Ravenna Township Fire Department, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.