FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- Local police say excessive speed was the main factor in a one-car crash in the 100 block of North Park Drive on Jan. 25 that killed an Aurora man.
Aurora Police Chief Seth Riewaldt said computer data recovered from Eric O. Hilston's car showed he was traveling an estimated 42 mph in a 25 mph zone when he drove off the right side of the road and struck a tree at about 11:22 p.m. Jan. 25.
The road was "slightly snow-covered" at the time of the crash and has a slight downhill grade in the direction Hilston's car was traveling, according to Aurora police. The weather conditions "only became critical because of the excessive speed," Riewaldt said.
The collision caused "significant damage" to the driver's side front fender and door of Hilston's 2005 Buick LaCrosse, and Aurora firefighters had to use tools to extricate Hilston, 47, from the vehicle. He was pronounce dead at the scene.
Riewaldt said an investigation found Hilston also was drinking alcohol prior to the crash. He said the final report was filed with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.