One person killed in Pataskala crash

PATASKALA, Ohio (WCMH)– The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a fatal single-car accident early Wednesday morning.

Licking County deputies and medics were called to the area of 8980 Smoke Rd. just before 12:45 am. The Ohio State Highway Patrol later arrived on scene to take over the investigation.

According to the Licking County Sheriff’s Department, 21-year-old Kendra Shields was transported to Grant Medical Center. She later died from her injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the woman’s vehicle hit a tree in the area.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Smoke Road was closed while officials investigated, but has since reopened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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