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Troopers warn about seat belts after man dies, woman injured in Portage County crash

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 23, 2020

CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man was killed, and a woman was injured after a single-vehicle crash that happened Tuesday in Charlestown Township in Portage County.

The names and ages of the man and woman have not been released.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. on State Route 5 near Rock Springs Road.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the two were traveling in a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on SR-5 when they passed multiple vehicles at a high rate of speed. When the Monte Carlo reentered the lane, the driver lost control and the car went off the side of the road, hit a ditch and flipped over. Both occupants were thrown from the car. They were not wearing seat belts.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital and then flown to Akron City Hospital for treatment, authorities said. She was last known to be in critical condition.

Troopers said that excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Authorities are still working to determine if impairment was a factor.

“Again, this is a tragedy which did not have to happen and unfortunately, loved ones are left behind to suffer,” said OSHP Ravenna Post Commander Lt. Jeffrey Greene. “For the second time in 4 days, a Portage County crash has claimed the life of a motorist due to their failure to comply with Ohio’s safety belt law. Of the four fatal crashes in Portage County this year (2020), three have involved no safety belts and three involved excessive speed. Now, we have a passenger fighting for her life in the hospital from today’s crash. Family members do not deserve to suffer this type of senseless pain. Had these motorists chosen to properly apply their safety belts, the outcomes may have been much different.”

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