Officials: Man’s death continues to be investigated

CALCUTTA — St. Clair Township police said Monday, the man whose body was found early Friday morning alongside East Liverpool Road had been involved in a car crash but that the cause of death is still being investigated.

According to Sgt. Scott Mick, the victim was identified as Michael L. Savors, 38, Harvey Avenue, East Liverpool, whose body was found just before 3 a.m. by a passer-by not far from Huston Road.

Officers had discovered a car at 1:37 a.m. which had gone into a ditch on East Liverpool Road, jumped a driveway, gone back into the ditch and became stuck, with a blown tire, but with no driver or passengers around, according to Mick.

A search of the general area turned up no one, so the vehicle was towed.

About 90 minutes later, a person approached an officer sitting in Calcutta to say it appeared a man was lying beside the road on East Liverpool Road. Mick said officers followed the person back to the location, where they found Savors, lying face down about 100-150 yards from where the crashed vehicle had been found.

Officers checked for a pulse and found none and called an ambulance, with paramedics declaring Savors deceased.

The county coroner and the highway patrol were called, with the patrol using its 3-D camera system to document images of the area, which Mick said provided precise measurements and photographs to augment photographs and evidence he collected.

Mick said Savors had the keys to the crashed vehicle in his possession, and said he believes Savors was driving alone in the vehicle when it crashed. The car is owned by a friend of Savors, the officer added.

Mick said, “Drugs or alcohol very well may have been a factor” in the crash, but said, “The motor vehicle crash did not cause his death.”

The officer declined to elaborate, saying results of the coroner’s investigation are expected mid-week and that, “We’ll know more after all the test results are back from the coroner.”