Driver killed in single-vehicle crash identified

The Springfield post of Ohio State Highway Patrol is on the scene of a fatal accident on the Clark County and Champaign County lines. (WDTN Photo/Darren King).

PLEASANT TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – A Springfield man was killed in a fatal car accident on the Clark County and Champaign County lines Friday night.

The call came in just after 7:30 Friday night. The accident happened on State Route 4 and County Line Road.

Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 58-year-old Patrick Smedley. Troopers tell 2 NEWS Smedley lost control coming over a hill on OH-4 and hit a tree. They say the impact from hitting the tree is what killed him.

Troopers say it was raining at the time of the crash, and wet roads could have been a factor.

Troopers say there are no signs alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. Smedley was wearing his seat belt.

The crash is still under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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