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Bainbridge Township — A Nordonia Hills fourth-grader from Northfield Center was killed Oct. 17 following a two-vehicle traffic accident.
Carmella Karpovitch, 9, a student at Rushwood Elementary School, was riding in a vehicle that collided with a pick-up truck, Bainbridge police said in an Oct. 18 press release.
Police were summoned at 5:08 p.m. to 8786 E. Washington St., where the accident occurred.
Police said the pick-up truck, driven by Frederick Shafer, 55, of Bainbridge Township, was traveling westbound on East Washington Street when it collided with the vehicle Carmella was in. Police said the vehicle had been traveling eastbound and was turning into a private driveway when the two vehicles collided.
Carmella was in the back seat on the right-hand side of the vehicle driven by William Varner, 44, of Northfield Center.
Lenore Varner, 69, of Macedonia, was a front seat passenger.
All four individuals involved in the accident were taken to Ahuja Medical Center, where Carmella was pronounced dead, according to police. A hospital spokesperson said Wednesday that Shafer and William Varner have been released and Lenore Varner is in the hospital's trauma intensive care unit.
Police said there is no indication drugs or alcohol were involved and said the investigation is ongoing.
In an email to parents and other community members, Superintendent Joe Clark described Carmella as “a wonderful girl.”
“She was a great student and had tons of friends,” he said. “She was loved by everybody at the school.”
He said Carmella was a big Star Wars fan and loved to read. He said she wanted to be a realtor when she grew up.
Clark said all the counselors in the school district are at Rushwood and available to meet with students individually or in small groups to talk about the incident.
He said the Rushwood principal and counselor talked with each class individually to tell them what had happened. He said counselors will be available all week to talk with students.
Carmella has a sister in kindergarten at Rushwood, Clark said.
A GoFundMe account for the family has been set up at www.gofundme.com/varner-family-fund-2uvh4ahg.
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