Fatal Crash on State Route 5


Ravenna – The Ravenna Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of State Route 5 and State Route 59 just east of the City of Ravenna in Portage County. The crash occurred on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at approximately 9:45 a.m.


Drivers of the vehicles involed were Jeannette R. Charlton, age 57 of Norton, Ohio. She received serious injuries and was transported to University Hospitals Portage County Medical Center, by the Ravenna City Fire Department. She was driving a 2000 Honda Odyssey mini-van at the time which was heavily damaged. There were no occupants in her vehicle.


The other driver was Carly M. Desenburg, age 27, of Southington, Ohio who was pronounced deceased at the scene, by the Portage County Coroner. She was transported to the Portage County Morgue by NEAS. She was driving a 2010 Hyundai Accent at the time, which received severe damage. The car was also occupied by Levi D. Holmes, age 26 of Brookfield, Ohio, who was seated in the right front passenger seat. He was transported to Akron City Hospital by the Rootstown Fire Department with serious injuries.


The Desenburg car was also occupied by Zachary M. Placer, age 22, of Hubbard, Ohio. He was seated in the right rear passenger seat. He received severe injuries and was transported by Metro Life Flight to Akron City Hospital.


The crash occurred when Ms. Desenburg, who was traveling eastbound on SR59, failed to stop for the stop sign at SR5 and struck Charlton, who was traveling southwest bound on SR5. Desenburg’s car then traveled off the south east corner of the intersection striking a pole. Everyone with the exception of Placer were wearing seatbelts at the time.


The crash remains under investigation. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash. The Ravenna Post was assisted at the scene by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the Portage County Prosecutors Officer, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Unit.


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