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UPDATE: 2-year-old Karli Rubes hit, killed by minivan in Ravenna

911 call: Child ran into street, was hit by passing minivan

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
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UPDATED: The Portage County Coroner's Office confirmed Thursday that 2-year-old Karli Rubes was the child struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday morning on South Diamond Street in Ravenna.

Chief Investigator Mike Halas said an autopsy likely would be completed today at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office in Cleveland.

He said preliminary results are pending completion of that procedure. Ohio law requires the deaths of all children under 2 be investigated by a coroner, County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro said Wednesday.

Along with the Ravenna Police Department and coroner's office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation, along with the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.

The girl's mother placed a frantic 911 call to Ravenna emergency dispatchers, pleading for them to send an ambulance.

The mother said she was taking out the trash, and the child "started to run and I just didn't catch her in time."

She reported the child was breathing, but had suffered head injuries, as a dispatcher attempted to calm her before rescue personnel arrived and encouraged her to keep pressure on the bleeding areas.

Ravenna police said officers arrived minutes after the 11:04 a.m. call, and the Ravenna Fire Department transported the child to UH Portage, where a medical transport helicopter was placed on standby.

The driver of the minivan stopped at the scene and is being "very cooperative with authorities," Ravenna police Capt. David Rarrick said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Ravenna police at 330-296-6486.

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A 2-year-old girl was struck by a minivan Wednesday on South Diamond Street and later died at a hospital, according to Ravenna police.

The girl's mother placed a frantic 911 call to Ravenna emergency dispatchers, pleading for them to send her daughter an ambulance.

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Tragically, rescue workers and doctors at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center could not save the girl, who died in the emergency room of the Ravenna hospital, police said.

Police did not immediately name the victim on Wednesday, saying not all family members had been notified of her death.

Through sobs, the mother recounted for a dispatcher how her 22-month-old ran out into the street and was struck by a passing car.

The mother said she was taking out the trash, and the child "started to run and I just didn't catch her in time."

She reported the child was breathing, but had suffered head injuries, as a dispatcher attempted to calm her before rescue personnel arrived and encouraged her to keep pressure on the bleeding areas.

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Ravenna police said officers arrived minutes after the 11:04 a.m. call, and the Ravenna Fire Department transported the child to UH Portage, where a medical transport helicopter was placed on standby.

The driver of the minivan stopped at the scene and is being "very cooperative with authorities," Ravenna police Capt. David Rarrick said.

Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro said under Ohio law, the death of any children under the age of 2 "automatically becomes a coroner's case." He said the girl's body was taken Wednesday to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Rarrick said no further information was available Wednesday afternoon from his department, though more may be forthcoming today or Friday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Portage County Prosecutor's Office are assisting Ravenna police in the investigation, he added.

Anyone with additional information on the incident is encouraged to call the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.

The child's death is believed to be the first pedestrian-related fatality in the county this year.

At least four other people have died in traffic crashes in Portage County this year. Two others are believed to have been related to medical conditions suffered by motorists immediately prior to their deaths.


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janos Jun 15, 2017 6:42 AM

Very Tragic. Prayers to the little girl and her family. Remember the speed limit is 25 on city strrets.