COSHOCTON -- A Coshocton teen was killed in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday (March 6) morning when the vehicle he was driving left U.S. 36 and struck with a tree.

Tyler S. Thorpe, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert B. Gwinn.

He was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

According to the Zanesville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, alcohol was suspected as a factor in the accident at approximately 3:39 a.m.

A passenger in the vehicle, Ronald M. Holbrook, 21, Dresden, was taken by Coshocton County EMS to Coshocton Memorial Hospital with "non-life threatening" injuries.

Holbrook also was not wearing a safety belt.

According to the patrol, Thorpe was westbound on U.S. 36 driving a 1997 Toyota Camry when he lost control of the car, which went off the left side of the roadway and struck the tree.

The vehicle sustained extensive damage.

Assisting at the scene was the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Walhonding Fire and EMS and REACT.

The accident remained under investigation by the patrol's Zanesville post.

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