CINCINNATI - A man is dead and four others are seriously injured after a car crash early Sunday morning.
Police say James Walker, 40, was driving his 1999 Pontiac Grand Am at a high rate of speed when he lost control on Reading Road, striking a utility pole.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. on Reading Road near 12th Street in Pendleton
Walker was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be freed by fire crews. He was taken to University Hospital where he later died.
He was not wearing a seatbelt.
His passengers, Lakeisha Walker, Jeremy Johnson, Alfie Childers and Jumard Brooks were all seriously hurt in the crash.
They were all taken to University Hospital. None of them were wearing their seatbelts.
Lakeisha Walker is listed in critical condition. The other three passengers are all in serious condition.
Police say speed and alcohol do appear to be factors in the crash.
The Cincinnati Traffic Unit is investigating the cause of the crash and ask that anyone who may have witnessed the accident call (513) 352-2514.
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