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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 3:50 pm

Woman killed, dad injured when tree falls on car

Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio -- Authorities say an 18-year-old woman has been killed and her father injured when a large tree fell on their car during an Ohio rainstorm.

The Canton Repository reported the woman has been identified as Sydney Kleptach, of Plain Township. The freshman goalkeeper on the University of Mount Union women's soccer team died Monday at a hospital following the Sunday afternoon accident.

Her father, 48-year-old Brian Kleptach, was hospitalized after a large tree uprooted and fell onto the car he was driving in Plain Township, 55 miles south of Cleveland.

Major C.J. Stantz of the Stark County Sheriff's Office said a combination of wind and rain-soaked soil likely caused the tree to fall at the exact moment the car traveled beneath it.