UPDATE: Rollover Crash on River Bend Sends 3 to Hospital

All after-school activities canceled; speed possible factor in crash

Editor's note: this story was updated at 5:15 p.m.

Three people were injured after the car they were riding in rolled over on River Bend Boulevard this afternoon.

One of the crash victims was flown via Metro Life Flight medical helicopter to Akron Children's Hospital.

Kent Fire Chief James Williams said the single-car crash happened just east of the bridge on River Bend Boulevard at about 3 p.m.

Williams said all three were transported to area hospitals.

The extent of the victims' injuries are unknown at this time.

Kent Police Lt. Paul Canfield said one of the car's passengers was ejected in the crash.

"Speed may have been a factor," Canfield said.

Anthony Scerba, a student at , said he is friends with two of the crash victims and said all three are female students at the high school.

Their names could not yet be confirmed.

Whether all three victims are students at the high school could not be confirmed, but Williams said all three appeared to be high-school age.

Kent City Schools officials issued a parent broadcast this afternoon alerting parents to the cancellation of all after school activities.

The helicopter took off from a parking lot at the Kent City Schools campus at 3:45 p.m. with a crowd of students, still at school for sports practices and other activities, watching.

Kent Patch will update this story as information becomes available.

Bryn Oldham April 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Thanks for the story. I sure hope everyone is ok.
Stephanie G April 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Thanks for reporting on this, Matt. It was scary seeing all those emergency vehicles racing past here. There was a 19 Action News helicopter flying around here a little while ago, and they just showed the crash site and what was left of the car. They also said that all three passengers were girls. God help them and their families!
Debra-Lynn Hook April 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
All three are high school juniors. I think the names are being widely distributed, although not official, as Matt said.
Matt Fredmonsky April 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You're welcome. I hope everyone pulls through OK.
Matt Fredmonsky April 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
An update has also been posted on one of the victim's Facebook pages indicating she is "talking with her mom and in good spirits." We are withholding the names until official confirmation from police or school officials.
Anne White April 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Thank God.
Debra-Lynn Hook April 20, 2012 at 01:41 AM
School kids are wearing green or white for the students, all of whom, I hear, were St. Pat's kids at one time.


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