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Drug use appears to be factor in fatal crash involving a 69-year-old pedestrian in Stark County, OSHP says

Posted: 6:38 AM, Apr 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-17 06:42:07-04
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PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a pedestrian was hit and killed while crossing State Route 172 Tuesday night.

The crash happened at about 8:51 p.m. on State Route 172 near the intersection of Miles Avenue Northwest in Perry Township, located in Stark County.

A 59-year-old woman was traveling westbound on State Route 172 in a 1997 Ford Taurus.

A preliminary investigation revealed Michael Tyson, 69, of Massillon, was walking southbound, crossing State Route 172, not within a pedestrian cross walk, when he was hit by the 59-year-old driver.

Tyson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was transported to the Stark County Coroner's Office.

The 59-year-old driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Charges are unknown at this time.

In 2018 in Stark County, there were six pedestrian fatalities.

Troopers said drug use appears to be a factor in this crash, according to troopers. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash. The crash remains under investigation.