CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating a crash that killed a driver in Cherokee County.
The pick-up truck crashed off of Interstate 575 during Friday’s busy morning rush hour.
The victim has been identified by police as 37-year-old middle school chorus teacher Kevin White.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach the driver was in the southbound lanes near Ridgewalk Parkway when he hit a dirt pile, which caused his truck to launch into the air and crash down 100 feet.
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Gehlbach said it appears the truck hit the ground head-on before flipping onto the roof, crushing the cab and killing the driver.
Reports from other drivers and calls to 911 indicated that the pickup was going very fast.
"It’s a significant drop, and it appears (the truck was) traveling (at a) pretty high rate of speed, from the distance from the car to where they went airborne,” said Cherokee County Lt. Jay Baker.
Tilting truck back over after fatal flip off 575 bridge in Cherokee Co pic.twitter.com/CoahMQf6lg— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 24, 2017
Driver killed in fatal crash on 575 in Woodstock went up this "ramp" at high speed and down huge drop pic.twitter.com/WA9apndJaO— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 24, 2017
Driver killed going off embankment at Little River from I-575 pic.twitter.com/9rgg0n1yRR— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 24, 2017
Gehlbach said there was a sweatshirt and sheet music outside the truck.
Woodstock police and Cherokee County deputies are investigating the crash. They’re looking into if this was an accident or possibly a medical emergency that caused the driver to lose control.
.@csopio Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office helping w/ a car off the road at Little River. You see the activity 575/sb between Sixes & Ridgewalk— Ashley Frasca (@AshleyFrascaWSB) March 24, 2017
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