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Car flips into Symmes Creek, kills passenger

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP - A single-vehicle car crash in Windsor Township Friday killed a 17-year-old passenger.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol have not released names of the driver or the passenger, both 17 years of age. The driver was taken to King's Daughters Medical Center where he was treated and released. The passenger was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital and later pronounced dead, according to the OSHP.

At approximately 6 p.m. Friday, the driver was traveling west on State Route 217 near the 6-mile marker in a 1999 Pontiac Montana van. The vehicle entered a right-hand curve, slid off the left side of the road over an embankment and struck a tree. The vehicle then flipped, coming to rest upside down in Symmes Creek, according to the Patrol.

The driver was able to escape the vehicle but the passenger could not. Both were wearing seat belts, the Patrol reported.

No charges have been filed at this time. The case remains under investigation. Any time a crash involves a fatality other than the driver it is referred to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office for review.