Camp Hill wreck claims one lifePublished 5:12pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Camp Hill man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of Newell Street and Sen. Claude Pepper Drive in Camp Hill early Monday.
Ladarius Fitzgerald Marquis Wilkerson, 20, was the driver of a white Ford Crown Victoria that sustained heavy damage when it struck a large oak tree near the intersection, according to Camp Hill Police investigator Lt. Nathan White. There were no passengers in the car.
Police received word of the wreck around 4 a.m. on Labor Day.
Camp Hill volunteer firefighters and Tallapoosa County EMS arrived on scene and found Wilkerson entrapped in the car with no vital signs. After being extricated from the wreck, he was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Ken Cowart and transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsy.
The extensive damage to the vehicle made it impossible to determine whether Wilkerson was wearing a seat belt, said Camp Hill Police Chief Roosevelt Finley.
“With the damage to the car, the passenger side was all the way over into the driver’s side,” he said.
Finley said the CHPD works frequent accidents in that general area where Alabama Highway 50 intersects with Newell Street.