Mount Orab man dies in Brown Co. crash

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Mount Orab man died early Thursday morning in a fatal traffic accident in Brown County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Jeffery A. Smith, 23, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang on southbound New Harmony Shiloh Road. Police said their preliminary investigation indicates Smith's vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree and a utility pole. Smith was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

The Brown County Coroner's Office pronounced Smith dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle -- Jordan L. Neal, 20, of Mount Orab -- sustained non- life threatening injuries and was transported to Mount Orab Medical Center for treatment.

The accident happened at approximately 12:20 a.m. on New Harmony Shiloh Road just south of Oakland Locust Ridge Road in Pike Township, Brown County.

The crash remains under investigation.

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