ATV crash kills 21-year-old man in Canton Township

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - An ATV crash in Canton Township killed a 21-year-old man early Friday morning.

Jess T. Sayre, of East Sparta, Ohio, died in the crash that occurred on Ridge Avenue, near 53rd Street, around 12:50 a.m., according to a release from the Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Investigators said Sayre was riding the ATV southbound on Ridge Avenue when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, struck a water drain culvert and then hit a utility pole, throwing him from the ATV.

Sayre had severe head trauma and was taken to Aultman Hospital by the Canton Township Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m.

The release from Highway Patrol said that witnesses told investigators Sayre was coming home from the Landmark Tavern, located one tenth of a mile from the crash scene.

Sayre was not wearing a helmet and investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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