Athens County Fatal

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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in early morning fatal accident in Athens County.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says 19 year-old Kenneth Ryan Thompson of Grove City Ohio died when the vehicle he was driving on Canaan Township road 605 went off the roadway and struck a tree.

The accident happened at approximately 2:30 AM.

A passenger in the vehicle, 19 year-old James W. Nally was taken by helicopter to Grant Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries.

Neither occupant was wearing seat belts at the time.

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