Niles man, trying to avoid horse, killed in Ashtabula County crash

It is unclear how the horse ended up in the roadway, but Highway Patrol said speed and alcohol might have been factors in the crash

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WILLIAMSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A man from Niles died Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Ashtabula County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Justin Alkire was traveling east on Route 322 in Williamsfield Township when he swerved to miss a horse carcass in the roadway and lost control, striking the horse and then overturned the Ford pickup he was driving.

Alkire died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Patrol.

A 16-year-old passenger in the pickup suffered minor injuries. The teen was wearing a seatbelt.

It is unclear how the horse ended up in the roadway, but the patrol said speed and alcohol might have been factors in the crash.

Justin Alkire Obituary

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