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Car strikes six trees; Claxton man dead
Evans County wreck also leaves 2 critical
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A Claxton man was killed and two passengers injured Sunday when the driver's 2010 Camaro SS struck six trees off Firetower Road.

According to Georgia State Patrol crash reports, which were incomplete Wednesday, Jason Daniel McNeely, 28, Hwy.169, Claxton, was driving at a high rate of speed along Firetower Road in Evans County when he failed to successfully negotiate a curve.

His car left the roadway, traveled 168 feet, then crossed the road in an uncontrolled move, going another 156 feet before striking a tree, reports stated.

The car careened off the tree and struck a second tree 37 feet away. It rotated, striking a third tree, which peeled the passenger side door away, according to reports.

After the third impact with a tree, the Camaro became airborne, striking a fourth tree at six feet above the ground. At this point one passenger was ejected. The car continued moving forward and struck a fifth tree around 11 feet from the ground, reports stated.

McNeely was ejected at this point, and the car continued rotating, striking a sixth tree at 18 feet above ground level, then fell, becoming wedged between trees. The second passenger was ejected at this point.

Both passengers - Albert Cruz, 25, Smith Road, Claxton, and Rafael Florez, 35, Smith Road, were airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where they remain in critical condition, according to reports.

McNeely was pronounced dead at the scene.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.



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