Troopers: Victim in fatal crash wasn't wearing seatbelt

Cary Ashby • Dec 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

A Plymouth man who died early Thursday as a result of a one-vehicle accident wasn't wearing his seatbelt, state troopers said.

There's no indication of alcohol or drug involvement and weather conditions weren't a factor, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol. As is the case with all fatalities, blood was drawn to determine whether a medical issue might have contributed to the crash.

The crash occurred on Ohio 99, south of Ohio 113 in Ridgefield Township, just north of Monroeville.

John Costein, 57, of Plymouth, was driving a 1995 Jeep Cherokee. He received fatal injuries as a result of the crash, troopers said. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Norb's Towing.

Costein was traveling south on Ohio 99 when he traveled off the left side of the road, hitting a utility pole and rolled over before coming to final rest in a field, troopers said. Costein was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Huron River Joint Fire District, North Central EMS, Toledo St. Vincent's LifeFlight, the Monroeville Police Department and Norb's Towing.

Huron River assisted troopers and ambulance personnel at the scene in the 5100 block of Ohio 99.

"We had 12 guys (and) two trucks," fire Chief Tom Beck said. "We were toned out at 7:57 (a.m.). We were back in service at 9:37."

A spokeswoman for the patrol's Norwalk post said there have been six fatal crashes in Huron County in 2013, killing seven people.

According to the patrol's website, there have been 896 confirmed fatalities this year, down from 1,073 in 2012.

The Norwalk post's spokeswoman said it's hard to tell if seatbelt usage would've saved Costein's life.

"Statistics have shown that seatbelts do save lives," she said.

Costein was born on May 4, 1956 in Ashland, to Helen (Costein) Popa, who survives. He was a 1974 graduate of Willard High School and Pioneer Career and Technology Center with a certificate in electronics.

He was employed by Okamoto, in Sandusky. 

Costein loved playing his guitar for others and with others. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Browns fan, and followed both teams his whole life. He also loved his Jack Russell terriers, Maggie, Samson and Jennie.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Susan (Cline) Costein, who was the love of his life. John and Sue met on a blind date that was setup by a close friend, and it was an enduring and loving relationship. 

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by his two sons, Mike Costein of Plymouth, and Dustin (Jaime) Costein of Bloomville, and his two granddaughters, Sydney, and Zoe.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where the funeral service will be at 8 p.m.

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