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Charges pending following fatal Jefferson Co. crash

Updated: Monday, December 9 2013, 12:48 PM EST

By Jennifer Black


Officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol released the name of the victim in a fatal car crash early Sunday morning in Jefferson County.

Officials said that 22-year-old Adam Douglas Matthews of Empire was killed when the car he was riding in crashed along County Road 47 near Shady Drive in Jefferson County.

Officials say the driver of the car, a 21-year-old from Toronto is in the Jefferson County Jail and charges are pending. They said the driver was traveling westbound on County Road 47, went off the road and struck a tree just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Matthews, who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle.

A second vehicle following behind was also involved in the crash.

Officials said the 21-year-old driver and another passenger in the drove off from the scene, and that speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.

An accident reconstructionist is continuing to investigate the crash.

Officials say more charges are likely pending.  Stay with NEWS9 for updates.

Charges pending following fatal Jefferson Co. crash

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