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Man dies in accident

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

HUNTINGTON — A Somerset man died around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday after his vehicle, which police found wrapped around a utility pole, left the road, according to police reports.

An autopsy identified Justin W. Adkins, 37, of Somerset, as the victim of the single-vehicle crash. Adkins' dog was found alive in the vehicle and turned over to the Huntington County Animal Control and later released to family members.

“Speed and alcohol are considered to be factors in the crash,” Huntington County Coroner Philip Zahm wrote.

Zahm pronounced him dead at the scene and said he died of blunt force traumatic injuries to the head and neck.

Huntington County Sheriff Chris Newton said Adkins was partially ejected from the vehicle and that his vehicle rolled multiple times before the four-door car “folded in half” when it made contact with the pole.

“It was almost in an airborne-type position,” Newton said. “It struck the telephone pole on the top of the vehicle.”

Newton said Adkins overcorrected and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The car was traveling northbound on Huntington County Road 500 West north of the intersection of C.R. 700 South, when Adkins’ vehicle went off the east side of the road before crossing the centerline and leaving the west side of the road, according to a Huntington County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Zahm wrote that the car traveled northbound after leaving the roadway before overturning.

Police say a passerby came across the crash and reported it.

The accident is still under investigation by the Huntington County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team and the Huntington County Coroner's Office.

Newton said accident reconstructionists are working to determine the exact speed of the crash.

No photo was released because the accident is under investigation, the Huntington County Sheriff's Department said.

Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington County F.A.C.T. Team, Markle Police Department and Mt. Etna Fire and Rescue assisted on scene.