One man dead after Hamilton Twp crash - NBC40.net

One man dead after Hamilton Twp crash

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HAMILTON TWP. -

A single car accident claimed the life of a man in Hamilton Township this afternoon.

At approximately 2:45 Sunday afternoon, Hamilton Township Police say they responded to Wrangleboro Road in the area of milepost 11 for reports of a motor vehicle crash, which ended up diverting traffic for three and a half hours.

Witnesses say the driver was speeding around other cars leading up to the deadly crash.

Melissa Schwendiman-Gibbs says she was driving south on Wrangleboro Road Sunday afternoon, when all of a sudden, a 2009 Honda Accord flew past the side of her car.

"The car literally went airborne and hit trees and there was just smoke and dirt and dust everywhere. It was definitely frightening. I mean, I had my girls in the car with me. I was worried, I was very worried. I thought for sure we were going to be involved in this."

But luckily for Schwendiman-Gibbs and the 16-year-old girls in the car, the speeding driver went around them...but not before scaring other motorists heading in the opposite direction.

Courtney Neal explained, "He was just going extremely fast, probably 70 miles per hour, out of control, just swerving all over. When a car is coming in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road, you know something is not right."

Witnesses to the accident say the erratic driver was weaving in and out of cars as he headed down Wrangleboro Road.

Neal said, "I literally just saw this car, really fast, coming right at us. It was me and my son in the car and I honestly thought I saw my life flash before my eyes because I thought he was going to hit me."

Hamilton Township police say the car swerved off the road and then crashed into nearby trees. No other cars were involved in the fatal accident, but those who saw it, say it was horrific.

Witness Tori Sprowl told NBC40, "I'm scared to death to drive now. I just hope that people realize you can lose your life in an instant if you're not careful, it's not worth it."

The driver has not been identified pending notification of family members.

Police say the driver was wearing his seatbelt, and that no other passengers were in the car.

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