THOMPSON TOWNSHIP -- A Bellevue man was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Seneca County, according to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Brian Sampsel, 41, of Bellevue, was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel, according to the Patrol.
The incident occurred on County Road 34 west of Township Road 78 in Thompson Township at approximately 1:20 a.m.
Brian Sampsel was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan westbound on County Road 34 near Township Road 78. Maxwell Alle, 22, of Bellevue, was the right front passenger in the vehicle. Evan Sampsel, 25, of Bellevue was seated in the middle seat of the second row.
Brian Sampsel drove off of the right side of the road and began to lose control. He re- entered the roadway, overcorrected, and again drove off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree, and overturned several times ejecting Brian Sampsel.
He was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Evan Sampsel, was not wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. Alle, was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries from the crash.
Both Evan Sampsel and Alle were transported to Fisher Titus Medical Center by North Central EMS and were later released.
The Patrol reported that alcohol consumption is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department, North Central EMS, and John’s Welding and Towing.