Accident claims young mother’s life

HANOVERTON – A Massillon woman died Friday afternoon after her car collided head on with a large motor home.

The crash closed U.S. Route 30 for about four hours with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Lisbon firefighters assisting with traffic control.

Sgt. Scott Louive of the Lisbon Post of the state Highway Patrol identified the deceased driver as 25-year-old Kathlean D. Kennedy. According to Louive, Kennedy was driving westbound around a curve on U.S. Route 30 just east of Lindesmith Road and went left of center shortly before 2:27 p.m. Friday.

The driver of the RV, Robert D. Lausted, 44, of Bronson, Texas, told troopers Kennedy may have been distracted by something right before the crash.

“He said she appeared to be looking down for whatever reason,” Louive said. “She looked up and jerked the wheel, but it was too late.”

The car, a 2010 Ford Fusion, then spun and went partially off the road. Kennedy, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene from severe head trauma, Louive said.

Her 1-year-old daughter, Elli, was riding in a car seat in the center of the back seat of the car. Louive said those who removed Elli’s car seat from the back of the car said it was still well secured.

The child was flown by STAT MedEvac to Akron Children’s Hospital where she was reportedly in stable condition Friday evening.

Louive said Lausted was not injured, but was shaken up by what happened on the roadway. Lausted is not suspected of being impaired at the time of the crash.

KLG and Hanover Township firefighters also assisted at the crash scene. A traffic reconstruction specialist for the Cambridge Post of the Highway Patrol, Larry Gaskill, also responded to the scene.