LaCROFT - Alcohol may have played a role in a one-vehicle crash Friday night that claimed the life of an East Liverpool man.
The Lisbon post of the State Highway Patrol reported Edward G. Gula, 47, was traveling north on state Route 267 around 11:30 p.m. when the 1991 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight he was driving went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Gula was taken by ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to the patrol, Gula did not wear a seat belt at the time of the accident, and alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor. A blood sample was taken from Gula, but results were not available.
Sgt. Barry Thompson is handling the crash, which remains under investigation.
Gula's death is the latest instance in Columbiana County this year where seat belts were not in use, and the patrol is urging motorists to remain safe on the road.
"Columbiana County has experienced yet another fatal crash in which the available seat belts were not used," the patrol said in a statement. "The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding all motorists to wear a seatbelt and do not drink and drive."