New Lebanon man dead in Preble County crash; Speed, impairment suspected

High speeds and impairment are believed to be factors in a crash that killed a New Lebanon man on New Year’s Day morning in Preble County.

The crash was reported around 7:39 a.m. on Preble County Line Road near U.S. 35.

A vehicle was traveling at high speeds when it went through the intersection and failed to stop at a stop sign, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle went airborne and off the side of the road, hitting a utility pole and then a tree.

The driver, 20-year-old man Nicholas Emrick, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person inside the vehicle.

Speed and OVI are suspected in the crash, according to troopers.

We will continue to update this report as more information is available.

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