June 30, 2016

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Man dies in one-car crash

LAFAYETTE TWP. — A 22-year-old township man died Friday morning after his car went off the road and hit a tree.

Ryan T. Ringstmeier was driving south along Lake Road about a half mile north of state Route 162 when he went off the left side of the highway, lost control of his 1998 Pontiac Grand Am and struck a tree on the car’s driver’s side, 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. Friday, and Ringstmeier was pronounced dead at the scene, Neff said. There were no passengers in Ringstmeier’s car.

An uncle of Ringstmeier described him as a “good kid” who will be “terribly missed.”

“He was in the prime of his life. This is very sad for us,” Jack Ringstmeier said. “All of us (in the family) are banding together giving each other support right now.”

Ringstmeier apparently did not apply the brakes on his car until after it was off the road and in the grassy area, the sergeant said.

Neff noted Ringstmeier was not wearing a seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.