Athens Man Killed In Car Crash Along SR 278

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An Athens man died early Thursday morning when he failed to make a left curve on State Route 278.

James R. Cunningham, 33, of Athens was traveling south on the highway when he failed to negotiate a left curve, traveled over the center line, struck an embankment and overturned.

He was pronounced dead a the scene and taken to Cardaras Funeral Home, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Cunningham was not wearing a seat belt.

A 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle escaped from the truck unharmed. He was wearing a seat belt.

According to the Highway Patrol, alcohol was a factor in the crash. It remains under investigation.