RACINE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported a single vehicle crash on Forest Run Road Friday night.
Around 8:45 p.m Friday, Crage Brown, of Racine, struck a utility pole and was ejected from his vehicle in the fatal incident.
Sgt. Hurd of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the 1998 Jeep Cherokee was traveling northwest on County Road 30 when it drove off the right side of the street and overturned.
Brown, 46, was not wearing a seatbelt. Though the investigation is still open, there have been no indications of drugs or alcohol in the crash.
The state agency frequently takes responsibility for investigating deadly incidents in Ohio. Though it occurred on a county road, Sheriff Keith Wood, of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department, was also at the scene and said the highway patrol “can (investigate) all public roadways.”
Meigs motorist fatalities in the past two years have been exclusively on larger roads or intersections. Brown’s death is the first on Meigs County roadways this year. By this time last year, there had been three fatal crashes in Meigs, and a total of six by year’s end. Three such crashes occurred in 2014.
Neighboring Athens and Vinton counties have had four and five motorists killed this year, respectively, while Gallia has had a single death.
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