AKRON -- A Summit County Sheriff's deputy was killed instantly Sunday night when his motorcycle slammed into tree off Merriman Road.
Jeffrey Sampson, 45, of Tallmadge, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a former member of the then-Twinsburg Township police department.
Police say Sampson was southbound on Merriman Road on his Yamaha motorcycle when he drove off the right side of the road and slammed into a tree.
The Summit County Coroner's Office says he was pronounced dead at the scene just after 9 p.m. and that speed appears to be a factor in the crash.
Neither police nor the coroner said if he was wearing a helmet or not.