PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — A crash in Pike County left a man dead, early Friday morning.  

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 1:35 a.m., John D. Lightle, 49, of Waverly, was driving a 2000 Toyota Tacoma in a curve along Buchanan Road, near S.R. 772, when he lost control of the truck.  

Troopers say the truck went off the roadway, struck a culvert, a driveway pole and then a tree.  

Lightle was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Troopers continue to investigate the crash.  

On Facebook, Western Pike Local Schools identified Lightle as a junior high history teacher:

“Please be in prayer for Darren’s kids and his family and also for our staff and students. Lots and lots of students and adults impacted in a 25 year career. In addition to all of that Darren was a lifelong friend to many of us here at Western.”