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Kent teenager, fiance killed in Ravenna crash

Published: March 15, 1998 12:00 AM

A Ravenna teenager is in stable condition after a Friday crash in Ravenna Township that took the lives of a Kent teen and her fiance

Michael Capitoni, 17, of 7105 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland Saturday night. He was transported to the hospital by helicopter after being taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

Killed in the crash were April L. Hanick, 17, of 136 Portage St., Kent, and her fiance, James E. Linnen, 18, of Cuyahoga Falls. Both were pronounced dead at Robinson Memorial.

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All three teenagers were in the front seat of a 1985 Dodge Linnen was driving. Capitoni was seated in the passenger seat, and Hanick was seated in the middle. According to the Ravenna post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Linnen was southbound on Infirmary Road about 7:11 p.m. when he failed to stop for a red light at S.R. 14 and Infirmary Road and was struck by a tractor/trailer rig driven by William R. Dorsey Jr., 55, of Beloit. Dorsey was not injured.

The patrol is still investigating the crash, but stated that drugs and alcohol were not a factor.

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Miss Hanick was a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.

Born May 11, 1980 in Warren, she was the daughter of Bart Hanick and Sherrie Rintala. She had attended the McKinley Community Church in Warren.

Survivors include her parents, Bart and Christine Hanick of Ravenna and Sherrie Rintala of Kent; sisters, Patricia Sarvey, Tabatha and Amanda Hanick all of Ravenna; and Sondra Kirin of Kent; and grandmother, Margaret Rintala of Warren.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in Ravenna where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Mr. Linnen was born in Akron and was a life resident of Cuyahoga Falls.

He had attended Cuyahoga Falls High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cuyahoga Falls. He was a member of AA.

Survivors include his mother and her fianc, Kathleen Linnen and Robert Lamm; sisters, Colleen, Briana and Katy, all of Cuyahoga Falls; grandfather, Edward F. Devine of Florida; and grandmother, Martha Linnen of Kent. His father, Robert N., grandfather, James Linnen, and grandmother, Margaret Devine, died previously.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Memorials may be made to Big Brothers and Sisters, 780 E. Exchange St., Akron, 44306, in his memory.

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