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For the third time in five days, a motorist has died in a traffic crash in Portage County -- this time Thursday morning on S.R. 14 in Deerfield following a collision with a tractor trailer.
William M. Martyne, 72, of Deerfield, was pronounced dead Thursday at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, following a collision between his car and a semi near milepost 27 on S.R. 14.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said troopers responded to the area of S.R. 14 and Johnson-Sebring Road at shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. According to the highway patrol, Martyne's 2005 Cadillac STX was traveling east on S.R. 14 behind a 2015 Peterbilt semi driven by 29-year-old Shivinder Singh of Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
Troopers said the semi began to slow down to make a turn onto Johnson-Sebring Road, and the Cadillac rear-ended it.
Martyne was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. Singh, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured according to the highway patrol.
John's Towing of Deerfield removed the Cadillac from the scene, troopers said. The Peterbilt was not towed.
The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol's Ravenna post. It is the fourth fatal wreck in Portage County this year, and the third fatal crash this week.
A Ravenna man, 68-year-old David Freshour, died Sunday on S.R. 303 in Streetsboro after his motorcycle hit a guardrail and he was ejected from the bike, according to Streetsboro police.
On Monday, Marc D. Guttman, 26, of Ravenna, also was killed after a 2005 Cadillac in which he was a passenger crashed on Infirmary Road in Shalersville. The driver also was injured.
Guttman's friend, Olivia Lintz, has started a GoFundMe page called "Raising Funds For Marc Guttman." The money is intended to help his family "to be able to lay Marc to rest properly and with the utmost respect, as he so deserves," she wrote on the page. It had $2,315 toward a goal of $10,000 as of 2 p.m. Thursday.
My father WAS wearing a seatbelt. The entire column housing the seatbelt was ripped from the car. We suspect he had a medical incident prior to the accident