Alcohol, drugs suspected in fatal Athens County crash

ATHENS CO., OH (WCMH) — The Athens County post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says a man died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning, and that alcohol and drugs may have contributed.

The Patrol says a 28-year-old man was driving a 1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 southbound on SR-144. He “failed to negotiate a curve” and slid off the left side of the road, striking a ditch and a small group of trees. He fled and was later found at the Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in Pomeroy, “where he declined further treatment and was released.”

His passenger, 54-year-old Michael Taylor of Coolville, was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash.

The Patrol says neither man was wearing a seatbelt, and that alcohol and drugs are suspected as contributing to the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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