Fatal Crash Goes Unreported For Hours

Authorities believe a fatal accident about 40 feet off a busy roadway went undiscovered for hours Friday morning. The victim lived a short distance away from the accident scene.

Fatal-Crash-Castletberry-2The fiery crash occurred in the 1800 block of Castleberry Road in the Archer Lodge city limits before daylight.  The Highway Patrol says a white Acura 4-door passenger car traveling south on Castleberry Road entered a curve and lost control. The vehicle traveled onto the shoulder where it collided with a tree and burst into flames next to the highway.   

The wreck was discovered around 7:20 am by an off-duty state trooper. However, the Highway Patrol believes the fatal mishap occurred between 1:00 am and 5:00 am, meaning dozens of vehicles passed by the accident without it being reported. Neighbors said they did not hear the early morning accident.

Fatal-Crash-Castleberry-3The victim, Michael Clements, 23, of 103 Brookmont Drive, Clayton, was killed instantly. He lived in a subdivision off Castleberry Road.  Troopers believe speed was a contributing factor. 

The fire burned the car, a portion of the tree, and a grassy area around the wreckage. The impact was so severe, a tire and rim on the vehicle were thrown into a farm house next to the crash.  Luckily no one was inside the house.  WTSB Photos