MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County saw two fatal crashes on Wednesday.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medics responded to a single vehicle fatal accident in Bethel Township on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Sgt. Chris Bobb, the driver and lone occupant, Mathew Charles Martin, 37, of Tipp City, was pronounced dead at the scene around 12:30 p.m. The accident occurred in the 4200 block of Ross Road and Wildcat Road in Bethel Twp.
Martin reportedly was not wearing a seat belt. The vehicle, a 2007 Infinity Jeep, was traveling eastbound on Ross Road when it veered off the left side of the road, struck a telephone pole and several trees and rolled on its top.
A witness told authorities the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, passing the witness on the roadway, prior to the incident. Bethel Township squad assisted at the scene.
A second fatal crash occurred on West Fenner Road around 4:30 p.m.
The single-vehicle crash claimed the life of Elora Taylor, 32, of Ludlow Falls, the lone occupant of the vehicle.
Lt. Todd Tennant of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said that it appears that Taylor was westbound on Fenner Road when she lost control, went off the left side of the road, rolling her vehicle and knocking down a utility pole.
Tennant said that preliminary indications point to excessive speed and possible distracted driving as causes for the crash.