Fatal crash on Rte 31

Investigation into an early morning car crash in Cicero continues. Sheriff's investigators say 26 year old Ralph Bartle, from 8983 Henry Clay Boulevard in Clay was killed when he went off Route 31 near Burnet Road, about 1:45 this morning. A witness reported the 1999 Oldsmobile traveling at a high rate of speed just before the crash. Deputies say Bartles was westbound when he went off the south shoulder of the road, hit trees and a ditch, became airborne and rolled several times before landing upright in the center of Route 31. Investigators say it appears the victim was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation into the accident cause continues.