Friday, February 13, 2004

Auto crash victim turned down cab ride from bar


A Peachtree City man who died in a violent auto crash after leaving the Martini’s bar early Wednesday morning had just turned down an offer for a cab ride outside the bar, police said.

The cab driver told police Ralph E. Powers, 57, had staggered out of the bar, prompting the offer for a ride, said Police Chief James Murray. But Powers declined, and moments later he lost control of his car on Aberdeen Parkway near Riley Parkway at “an extremely high rate of speed,” around 12:30 a.m., Murray said.

The car was traveling so fast during the wreck that the car was almost cut into two pieces when it collided with several trees, Murray said. Powers was ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is not yet complete as officers are trying to judge the extent of the vehicle’s damage to figure roughly how fast Powers was traveling when the crash occurred, Murray said. The incident is being investigated by the department’s accident reconstruction team.

Blood samples were taken to determine if Powers was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, Murray confirmed.

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