MARION COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Marion County that left a man dead.  

At about 1:28 p.m., Tuesday, James Howell, 80, was driving a 1986 Chevrolet El Camino westbound on County Road 108 when the vehicle traveled off the southside of the roadway and struck a tree.  

Howell was taken to an area hospital, then by helicopter to Grant Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.  

Troopers continue to investigate but say Howell was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.