(Burton) — Authorities say a man was killed and three family members injured when an SUV slammed into the back of an Amish buggy in Geauga County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says alcohol may have been a factor in the Sunday night crash on Tavern Road just outside Burton.

28-year-old Joseph Byler died at a hospital at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Byler's 19-year-old sister, Alma Byler, was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Two other family members were treated at Geauga Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The patrol said a white 2003 Ford Explorer driven by a 42-year-old Ashtabula man slammed into the back of the buggy just before 9 p.m. The horse broke loose and was killed by a second car.

The patrol said charges are pending.

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