Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reported Saturday that Ralph S. Bartle, of Clay, was killed in a one- car accident on Route 31 east of Burnet Road in Clay.
Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the one-car accident that occurred at approximately 1:46 a.m. March 26 on Route 31 near Burnet Road. Deputies reported that a 1999 Oldsmobile, driven by Bartle, 26, of 8983 Henry Clay Blvd. Clay, was traveling west on Route 31when his vehicle left the roadway and went off the south shoulder of the road. Bartle's vehicle then hit several trees and a ditch. After hitting the ditch the vehicle became airborne and rolled several times before finally landed upright in the center of Route 31. It appears that Bartle was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected; however he was still in the vehicle when emergency units arrived. Paramedics pronounced Bartle dead at the scene. A witness stated that Bartle had been traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and Sheriff Detective's will continue to investigate the accident to determine the cause.