ATHENS COUNTY — An Athens County wan was killed in a single vehicle crash on Sunday morning on State Route 144 in Athens County.
Michael L. Taylor, 54, of Coolville, was the passenger in the vehicle which was driven by Travis J. Barber, 28, of Reedsville. Taylor was pronounced dead on arrival by a representative from the Athens County Coroner’s Office.
The 1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 pickup truck was southbound on State Route 144 when it slid off the left side road, striking a ditch and small group of trees, according to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Barber reportedly fled the scene and was later found at the Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in Pomeroy where he declined further treatment and was released.
Drugs and alcohol are suspected to have contributed to the crash, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Neither Taylor nor Barber were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
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