According to Georgia State Patrol:
Eric Engle, 25, of Kensington died after being ejected from his vehicle after it slid off the roadway on Ga. 341 north of Camp Road about 12:40 p.m., according to trooper first class Jason Ballard with the patrol’s LaFayette post.
The 2009 Chevy Cobalt was traveling north and had rounded a curve when the vehicle went into a ditch.
After traveling 67 feet in the ditch, the vehicle hit a driveway culvert and went spinning airborne for about 50 feet before landing in the ditch, where Engle was ejected. The vehicle continued to roll another 120 feet before coming to rest more than 30 feet from the road.
Ballard determined that speed was the primary factor. Engle was not wearing a safety belt.
Nearly a dozen first-responders search of the wooded area across the road for a teen passenger after having been told two people were in the vehicle.
Within 20 minutes of the accident, the teen was brought to the scene and verified that he was that passenger and had been dropped off prior to wreck.
The teen said he had been dropped off by Engle a few blocks from the accident scene. The teen stated that Engle was in a hurry because he was late for work.
According to neighbors, Engle moved from Sevierville, Tenn., and had only lived in the area with his mother for about three months, helping her recover from open heart surgery.
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