No charges filed yet in fatal Kent hit-skip crash

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Kent Police said this morning an arrest has yet to be made related to a hit-and-run accident in the downtown area that claimed the life of Ravennan Richard Schoepe Thursday.

Capt. Paul Canfield said police are awaiting a blood screening of the suspect, an autopsy of the victim and the overall crash investigation to be completed before any charges are filed. He said there is currently no one in custody and declined to name the suspect.

Schoepe, 37, was an employee of Star of the West Milling Co. on North Water Street in downtown Kent for 15 years.

Canfield said Schoepe was struck near the intersection of North Water and Columbus streets by the suspected motorist around 10 a.m. Thursday morning as he was either getting into or out of his vehicle. The driver allegedly fled the scene and was discovered by police at Dillon's Auto Services on S.R. 43 in Brimfield about 20 minutes after the fatal accident.

Canfield said the investigation is ongoing and charges will "hopefully" be filed soon.

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  • I can't believe there are no charges and no one in custody after a fatal hit skip accident.  I hope the family is dealing with this travesty okay.

  • I have been complaining about the speed of vehicles on this road for at least seven years. The speed of 25 is rarely followed by drivers on this section of water street. My office is on the section and I fear getting in and out of my vehicle every time I park on the west side of the street.

    My suggestion would be to make angle parking on the west side, reduce the speed to 15 mph. and hire a police officer full-time to enforce it. South Water, Main St. from Depeyster west to the bridge and East Main from music and speech to willow are also very dangerous because of the speed of vehicles.

    There is no law against going a few miles under the speed limit, especially where folks are crossing the streets in these areas.

    Earlier this year I was heading west on Main and stopped in the driving lane at Lincoln waiting for the light to change. A young girl came flying up on my left and stopped behind a car. Shortly thereafter two young men came flying up behind her and slammed into her car. When people drive fast, are not paying attention and are in a hurry, these things will happen. We need a lot more enforcement and reduce the speed on Main and the bypass to 25 until they get to the bridge over the tracks on the bypass. These are the only things that  will prevent future tragedies.