Youngstown man dies in Ravenna Township crash

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

Occasional bursts of snow and icy roadways led to multiple crashes, including a fatal collision, in Portage County Wednesday morning.

Lawrence G. Santangelo, 52, of Youngstown, was pronounced dead Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after his Pontiac Sunfire and a Ford Explorer driven by Anthony N. Rodriguez II, 21, of Mantua, collided just south of S.R. 5 at about 6:45 a.m.

According to the Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Rogriguez, who was driving southeast on S.R. 14, lost control of his vehicle and slid left of center, striking Santangelo, who was traveling northwest.

Rodriguez suffered minor injuries when his vehicle rolled over following the crash, and was treated briefly at Robinson Memorial Hospital before being released.

The patrol is investigating the crash.

Sgt. Tom Hermann of the Ohio Highway Patrol said the patrol responded to multiple crashes in Mantua, Ravenna and Rootstown Wenesday morning, with many caused by icy bridges. Multiple crashes were reported on Interstate 76 in Rootstown and Ravenna in both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Hermann said reports of crashes slowed down at about 10 a.m as the weather improved.

Santangelo's death is the fourth traffic-related fatality this year in Portage County. Joan I. Buchert, 76, of Mantua, died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a late February crash in Shalersville.

Icy roads also contributed to a fatal crash in Akron Wednesday morning that killed a Cuyahoga Falls man.

Wayne Jones, 77, was killed when a 2011 Nissan Murano driven by a 49-year-old Akron woman went left of center on West Bath Road and struck Jones' 2007 Mercury Marquis head on.

The crash is under investigation by the Akron Police Department.

Cuyahoga Falls News-Press reporter Steve Wiandt contributed to this report.

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