The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 41-year-old Circleville man Saturday night on U.S. Route 22 Southeast.
At 11:11 p.m. Saturday, a 2007 Mercedes driven by Shannon Brown was heading west on U.S. 22 Southeast in the 7000 block in eastern Fayette County. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Brown was unable to negotiate a curve and lost control of his vehicle, which traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.
The vehicle reportedly rolled over multiple times before catching fire and coming to rest in the driveway area of the Buckeye Propane Bulk Plant. Brown was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, Stanforth said.
Brown was transported from the scene by Fayette County EMS to Fayette County Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol use is suspected as a factor in the crash, Stanforth said.
The vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.
Prior to the crash, an officer with the New Holland Police Department told crash investigators that he saw Brown’s vehicle traveling in excess of the posted speed limit in the Village of New Holland. The officer said he activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, however the vehicle continued at a high speed. The officer reportedly lost sight of the vehicle until driving upon the crash scene.
U.S. Route 22 between Clemens Road and White Road remained closed for several hours as a result of the damaged utility pole that caused high voltage power lines to hang at a low level across the roadway, restricting passage of motorists until repairs were made by the Dayton Power & Light Company.
Traffic control was provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Also assisting at the crash scene were members of the Pic-A-Fay Fire Department, the Washington C.H. Fire Department, the Bloomingburg-Paint-Marion Township Fire Department, and the Sheriff’s Rescue Unit.
Members of the Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit were called to the scene and are continuing their investigation of the crash.