One man killed in Friday morning wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

One man was killed early Friday morning in a wreck on Highway 16 in the area of West Poplar Street.

Sgt. Robert Thompson, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post said the wreck involved one vehicle.

“The driver was going east on 16 and for some reason, drove off the road, went down the embankment and struck several trees,” Thompson said.

Spalding County Coroner-elect Michael Pryor, who currently serves as deputy coroner under Coroner Sonny Foster, identified the victim as 41-year-old Michael Leon Brown. Brown was the only occupant in the vehicle.

“He is originally from Griffin and he does still have some family here,” Pryor said.

The wreck was reported at 7:42 a.m. and resulted in a brief road closure.

“He was entrapped, so the Spalding County fire Department had to extricate him from the vehicle,” Pryor said. “It was a black Tahoe that he was driving. The witnesses stated that he had been driving at a high rate of speed on Highway 16. He left the roadway and when he did, he struck some trees. I pronounced him dead on the scene.”

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