TPD: One Dead In Portland Avenue Crash

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By: Lanetra Bennett
February 10, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - One man is dead after careening his car into a tree in Tallahassee this morning.

It happened around 3:20 on Portland Avenue in the northwest corner of town. Tallahassee police say the car hit the curb, went through several yards, and crashed into large tree.

Residents who live in a nearby apartment complex heard the crash. It happened near Gilbert Turner's front door.

Turner says, "My stepson and I, we ran out to make sure that nobody was hurt. We didn't have a flashlight, so I had to go back in the house to get a flashlight. When I looked in, I could see that he wasn't moving at all. He was laying back in the seat. My prayers go out to his family."

TPD says the driver died on the scene. His name has not been released because authorities are still trying to notify his family.

We're told the driver was the only one in the car and no one else was hurt. The crash is still under investigation.

News Release: Tallahassee Police Department

The Tallahassee Police Department along with Leon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, EMS and TFD were called to the 1900 Block of Portland Avenue at approximately 3:20am last night for a traffic crash.

Once on scene, officers discovered a single car crash which resulted in the death of the vehicle’s only occupant.

TPD’s Traffic Homicide Investigators were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. It appears the car was traveling west on Portland Avenue when it left the roadway, struck a curb, and continued through several yards before striking the base of a large tree.

The driver succumbed to his injuries on scene. There were no other persons in the vehicle or injured as a result of the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going and TPD is not releasing the name of the driver pending notification of next of kin

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