AUSTINBURG, Ohio — A spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirms to Fox 8 News that a 21-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday morning in Ashtabula County.
The deadly crash occurred at approximately 6:19 a.m. near the point where College Street meets up with State Route 307 in Austinburg.
A sergeant at the scene says that the operator of a car went around a curve and down into a ditch.
The driver of the 2001 Dodge Neon was later identified as Nickolas Cox, 21, of Austinburg. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial details from an ongoing OSHP investigation indicate that the vehicle was heading westbound on State Route 307 when the right tires went off the roadway while negotiating a curve. The Neon then struck a ditch culvert and went airborne before coming to rest after smashing into a tree.
There were no passengers in the car with Cox.
The OSHP says unsafe speed is, at this point, believed to be the primary factor in the accident.