UPDATED 6:30pm by Lanetra Bennett and Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man dies in a car crash and his home goes up in smoke the same day.
29 year old Matthew Dunlop died when his SUV hit a utility pole. While deputies were still on the scene, they discovered Dunlop's house just a few miles away was on fire.
"He had to be moving pretty fast to tear the top back like that. He probably didn't feel it when he hit," Harry Mosley said as he watched deputies at the crash scene.
Leon County Sheriff's deputies say the driver of a crushed Isuzu SUV died at the scene.
Investigators say around 6:45 Friday morning, Matthew Dunlop was going west on Highway 90 when he ran off the road.
Deputies say the SUV hit a pole just past Aenon Church Road.
"The truck was all folded back, the side of it all torn out," John Lee Ervin said as he stood nearby.
Deputies would soon discover that Dunlop's home was on fire not far away.
"Flames were as tall as you could see,' next door neighbor Barbara Shepard said. "They were taller than the trees. The house just went up like a flame ... huge ... everywhere."
Firefighters were called to this home on Country Lane at 7:40 am.
They call the home a total loss and the cause is still under investigation.
Deputies say Dunlop rents the house. The man next door told his wife he smelled smoke when he left for work around 7am, but thought someone was burning leaves.
"He (Dunlop) works really early in the morning. He leaves here at like six o'clock in the morning and he comes home at lunchtime most of the week, but I haven't seen him today," Shepard said.
The state fire marshal is investigating the fire. There is no word on the cause of the fire and right now no one is commenting on whether this is all a terrible coincidence or something more.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012
At 6:45 am, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of West Tennessee Street in reference to a traffic crash. When Deputies arrived, they discovered a single car crash with one fatality. Deputies believe that Matthew S. Dunlop, 29, was traveling west on West Tennessee Street, just west of the intersection of Aenon Church Road. The 1994 Isuzu Rodeo Dunlop was driving left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Dunlop died at the scene.
At 7:40 am, a Leon County Deputy was patrolling the area of 1550-C Country Lane when he observed the residence was on fire. The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene of the fire. Deputies and Firefighters have confirmed that Dunlop lived in the burned residence on Country Lane.
An autopsy was completed and the preliminary results indicate that Dunlop died from injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is on going. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time; however, that investigation is ongoing also.
Additional information will be provided when available.
Tallahassee, Florida - August 10, 2012 - 3:30pm
Leon County deputies say the man killed in a crash near the corner of Highway 90 and Aenon Church Road was 29 year old Matthew Dunlop.
Deputies confirm Dunlop lived in the home on County Lane that burned to the ground soon afterward.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- Noon
One person is dead following an early morning crash. The Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause.
When Eyewitness News was at the scene of the accident, Leon County Sheriff's deputies said they were still trying to get a positive identification on the crash victim. Right now, we still don't know who the person was, but, we do know that they were the only one who died in the crash.
Leon County Sheriff's deputies say it happened around 6:45 this morning. LCSO says the driver of a red Isuzu SUV ran off of the road while traveling west on Highway 90. Lt. James McQuaig says the driver hit a pole just past Aenon Church Road. He says the driver was pronounced dead on the scene and says that person was the only one in the vehicle. The traffic homicide unit was out on the scene to try to determine a cause of the crash.
Again, no information on the driver's identification has been released. We will make sure to pass on any information to you as soon as they become available to us.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012- 9am
There is a serious accident at intersection of West Tennessee Street and Aenon Church Road in Leon County. The Leon County Sheriff's Office confirms that the accident is a fatality.
LCSO says around 6:45am this morning, the driver of a red Isuzu SUV ran off of the road while traveling west on Highway 90. Lt. James McQuaig says the driver hit a pole just past Aenon Church Road. McQuaig says the driver was pronounced dead on the scene and says that person was the only one in the vehicle.
The traffic homicide unit is on the scene investigating.
Lt. McQuaig says they're still working on a positive identification of the victim.
We will pass on any new details as they become available.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 10, 2012
There is a serious accident at intersection of West Tennessee Street and Aenon Church Road in Leon County.
Leon County deputies are on the scene.
Drivers should avoid the area if possible.
We have a crew on the way and will bring you more details as they come in to our newsroom.