Man killed in weekend crash

A man has died after a shipwreck over the weekend in northern Lowndes County, according to Sheriff Eddie Hawkins.

The single-vehicle crash happened in the 2600 block of Steens-Vernon Road early Sunday morning, Hawkins said.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said the pickup left the roadway in a curve and hit a mailbox and the side of the road before hitting trees, overturning and catching fire. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was the only one in the vehicle, Hawkins said.

Hawkins said the cause of the crash was still unclear.

“The crash is still under investigation at this time,” Hawkins said. “We don’t know what caused it, whether it was excessive speed or alcohol or something else.”

Merchant said Tuesday morning that a positive identification had still not been made.

“We’re going to have to use DNA or scientific identification,” Merchant said. “It will take a few days.”

Brian Jones is the local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

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