6 Killed in Sunday Traffic Crashes; None Wearing Seat Belt

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Ohio Highway Patrol troopers said James Wyatt III was driving his fiancée, his sister and his niece when he veered off the road and hit a tree.

The crash happened Sunday, January 19, at approximately 6:18 p.m. on State Route 229 near Benedict Road in Delaware County.  

A frantic witness told 911 dispatchers, “We are on 229 and Benedict. (State Route) 229 and Benedict, and a guy just flew off the road in his car, hit a tree, he's under the car right now.  All I can see is his shoe.”

Troopers said James Wyatt III died in the crash, along with his sister, Elizabeth Wyatt and her 8-year-old daughter Isabella Zinsmaster.  Troopers say James Wyatt’s fiancée, Jessica Wray, remains in critical condition.

The crash was one of two triple fatal crashes in the state of Ohio Sunday.

Near Youngstown, three people including an 11-year-old girl, were killed when another driver hit them head on.

Troopers said none of the people killed was wearing a seat belt.

Trooper Brian Satchell has been investigating traffic crashes for nearly a decade and said many people still don't buckle up.  

“I'm a testament to some of the things I've seen. You wear your seat belt and you are definitely increasing your chances of coming out on the better end.”

Troopers say seat belts save lives, and they may have been able to save some of the lives lost yesterday.

Delaware County troopers say they don't believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

They are still investigating what caused the driver to veer off the road.