LAFAYETTE TWP. — A 22-year-old township man died this morning after running his car off the road and striking a tree.
Ryan T. Ringstmeier was driving south along Lake Road about a half mile north of State Route 162 when he apparently went off the left side of the highway, lost control of his 1998 Pontiac Grand Am and struck a tree on the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to Sgt. Mark Neff, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post.
“Excessive speed appears to be a factor in the accident,” Neff said. “It looks like (Ringstmeier) was traveling faster than the posted speed limit, which is either 45 or 50 mph.”
The accident occurred about 3:50 a.m. today, and Ringstmeier was pronounced dead at the scene, Neff said. There were no other passengers in Ringstmeier’s car. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Ringstmeier likely did not apply breaks to his vehicle until after he was off the road and into a grassy area before striking the tree, the sergeant said.
Neff noted that Ringstmeier was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Fire and rescue crews had to extract the body from the car, he said.
The accident remains under investigation.