Green said witnesses indicated Brown was not weaving nor did he appear to lose control of the car before he went off the road. Green said the car traveled about 400 feet off the road before striking the tree. He wasn’t sure how fast Brown was traveling.
“There were no signs of him braking or steering to avoid a crash,” Green said.
When authorities arrived, Green said Brown was pinned inside the car and did not survive the crash. Brown’s body had to be extricated from the vehicle and Police and the Lebanon Fire Department managed to free his body about 4:30 p.m.
Green said drug paraphernalia was found inside the car, but there was no indication that the victim was impaired at the time of the accident. As is standard in cases where a fatality occurs, a blood sample was taken and sent to a lab for analysis to help determine if the crash was the result of impairment or a medical condition.
“It was either impairment, he fell asleep, or a medical issue, we just don’t know at this time,” Green said, adding that Brown was wearing his seatbelt.
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