Valdosta Daily Times

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October 12, 2010

Tragedy on I-75

HAHIRA — A single-car accident on Highway 122 claimed the life of a Sparks man Tuesday.

Around 12:59 p.m., witnesses reportedly saw a  Ford Expedition, traveling north on Interstate 75, driving in a reckless manner.

The 41-year-old white male driver, Dwight James Plymel, veered off the right shoulder at Exit 29, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeremy Kinsey said.

“I interviewed the witnesses who stated the man appeared to be very tense and was clenching his steering wheel at the time of the accident,” he said.

The 2000 gold Ford Expedition hit several walls before leaving the Interstate. Kinsey said the vehicle then went up the hill at the Highway 122 overpass and jumped over the guard rail, barely touching it with his rear tires, and flew over a rollback wrecker that had a Jeep Cherokee on its bed before landing on the other side of the hill on 122, Kinsey said.

“The vehicle landed nose first and rolled only once,” Kinsey added. “I’ve been doing this for 11 years and have never seen anything like it.”

The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson responded to the scene and said he has an idea of what may have caused the accident, but at this time he is awaiting the blood test results.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

No autopsy will be performed.

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