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Late-night crash leaves 1 dead

By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor

A Centreville man was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in left the roadway and struck several trees, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Damon Lee Russell, 23, was ejected from the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta he was traveling in after it struck the trees around midnight on Jan. 27.

“Russell was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle,” said ALEA in a release. “He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Chilton County 73 near Chilton County 108, approximately 10 miles west of Jemison.”

The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with injuries, but no further information was available at press time.

State troopers with ALEA are investigating the single-vehicle accident.