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Augusta Man Killed After Losing Control of Jeep & Striking Tree


An Augusta man died Monday morning after losing control of his SUV and striking a tree on the side of Clark Road, authorities said.

Michael Ray Blansett, 28, of Simpkins Lane, lost control of a 2004 Jeep Liberty while driving south on the 1500 block of Clark Road. He crossed the northbound lane and struck a tree, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:50 a.m. Monday, the coroner said.

The wreck cause authorities to temporarily shut down Clarke Road from Hephzibah McBean Road and just east of the crash scene on Clarke Road.

Michael Blansett, from Facebook
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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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