Officials continue working Monday to positively identify the victims.

LAKE TWP.  The names of the four people killed Sunday in a fiery crash are being withheld until the Stark County Coroner's office can obtain positive identifications.

Family members of the vehicle's owner have been contacted and asked to provide DNA samples to help with the process, investigators said Monday.

The Ohio Highway Patrol reported that two men and two women were killed in the crash, which involved a 2016 Dodge Challenger.

The car struck a tree and burst into flames Sunday evening off state Route 43 just south of State Street.

 

The car was going north of Route 43 and went out of control while in a curve. After brushing the berm on the right side of the road, the car crossed the southbound lane and went into a field. It plowed through several hundred feet of beans before hitting a large tree. The car slid off the tree into a driveway, then caught fire.

All of the occupants died as a result of the crash and were burned beyond recognition, according to a statement issued by the highway patrol. The four people were trapped inside, although a front seat passenger was found outside of the vehicle. It's believed the vehicle's door came open after the car had burned.

Troopers said a preliminary investigation indicates speed was a factor in the crash. Witness statements also indicate speed was a factor.

Joshua and Emily Herron of Canton had left Wingfoot Lake park and were heading south on Route 43 when they said they saw the crash.

"We saw a car coming around the bend and it had to be going over 100 mph. We saw the dirt fly up. It went into the field and we saw the neighbor go across the street" toward the car, witness Emily Herron said Sunday evening.

Joshua Herron ran to the burning car and tried to put out the flames with a garden house but his efforts were futile.

A section of Route 43 was blocked from about 6 p.m., shortly after the crash occurred, until about 9:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The highway patrol said vehicle crashes have claimed 20 lives in Stark County so far during 2017.