MAD RIVER TWP., Clark County — UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: Speed and failing to wear a seatbelt were contributing factors in the Wednesday morning crash on West Jackson Road in Clark County that left a 34-year-old man dead, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield Post said.
The state patrol said Martin Harold Borchers apparently lost control of a 2007 Saturn 4 door, he was driving east in the 4600 block of West Jackson Road, near Fowler Road, at high speed about 10 a.m.
The Borchers vehicle approached a hill, where a second vehicle was attempting to pull out of a driveway, troopers said. The Borchers vehicle attempted to avoid the second, slid off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole.
Borchers was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner’s office. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.
Speed and failing to wear a seatbelt were both contributing factors in this crash., OSP Lt. B.K. Aller said. “It’s the easiest and most effective safety device we have in vehicles today…Seatbelts Save Lives.”
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