RUGGLES TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A passenger was killed in a motorcycle crash in Ashland County Saturday night.

It happened on U.S. Route 250 northbound, just north of Mile Post 4, around 11:11 p.m. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the driver of a 2013 Harley Davidson lost control and traveled off the left side of the road, striking a wire fence. The driver and passenger were both ejected.

The passenger, identified as 47-year-old Tammy M. Stackhouse, of Greenwich, died at the scene. The driver, a 44-year-old Ashland man, was taken to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center via LifeFlight with life-threatening injuries.

Highway patrol says neither occupant of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet during the crash, and that alcohol and speed are believed to have been factors.

The road was closed for about three hours following the crash, which remains under investigation.