UPDATE: 1 dead after Baker Co. accident

UPDATE: 1 dead after Baker Co. accident

BAKER CO., GA (WALB) - Officials have identified the man who died after driving off a bridge in Baker County Monday morning.

It happened around 1:30 Monday morning on Highway 200 near Jericho Road.

The car plunged into the woods near the Ichawaynochaway Creek.

Troopers said James Wallace, 23, was driving down Highway 200, almost into Calhoun County when his car began to hydroplane. As the car drove off the road, it hit the guardrail and a traffic sign before crossing the bridge and falling about 170 feet down, rolling over several times.

A passenger in the car, Kadedra Wallace, 21, told troopers the Wallace was driving too fast into the curve and lost control.

According to the investigating trooper, Kadedra said they both had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

Troopers said the odor of alcoholic beverage was strong on James' body and a styrofoam cup with Crown Royal was found in the crash debris field.

Troopers did not draw blood on scene, the toxicology was done at a hospital.

Officials said James was not wearing a seatbelt. He was thrown from the car and transported to Pheobe where he died a few hours later.

The incident is still under investigation.

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