Stewart Teen Dies in Crash

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Tragic news out of Athens County.

A Stewart teen dies after crashing his car into a tree.

It happened around 7:30 Monday night.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Michael Rood drove his car off Route 329, hitting an embankment and launching the car into the air.

That's when the car collided with a tree.

Troopers say the teen was not wearing a seat belt and they suspect he was driving too fast.

"Speed is suspected to be a factor. However, there were no alcohol or drugs involved. Looks like it's just purely a case of young man driving too fast for the roadway," says Lt. George Harlow.

Rood was prounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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