Marietta man dies in accident on 550

The Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle fatal accident that occurred Saturday on Ohio 550 in Warren Township.

The accident happened about 12:45 p.m. Saturday near Milepost 19 on Ohio 550. Jeremy W. Parks, 36, of Marietta, was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo while traveling westbound, the highway patrol reported.

The preliminary investigation indicates the Parks vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and then struck a tree, a mailbox and a lawn ornament.

Parks was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the report said.

The OSHP Crash Reconstruction Unit, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the crash.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash, the report said. The crash remains under investigation.