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GSP seeks answers on fatal wreck driver

POSTED: May 12, 2014 7:31 p.m.

The Georgia State Patrol is working to determine who was driving a car that crashed early Saturday morning in Effingham County, killing one of the two men inside the car.

A 2002 Ford Fusion crashed at approximately 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Lower Ferry and Stillwell Clyo roads, according to the GSP. No other vehicles were involved.

A man ejected from the car was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Mikeal Bernard Young-Garvin, 31, of Rincon.

Investigators were able to determine that a second person had been in the car and left the scene.

“We were notified by some family members as to who should’ve been driving the vehicle,” said Joel Mock of the Georgia State Patrol.

The GSP identified the other occupant of the car as Harold Cope Jr., 32, of Springfield. Investigators located and interviewed him later that day, according to Mock.

“So we’re actually in the process of using forensic evidence to determine which person was behind the wheel of that vehicle,” he said.

Mock said that, to his knowledge, Cope was not injured in the crash.

Charges could be filed once the investigation is concluded, Mock said. He added that he could not yet comment whether alcohol or other factors contributed to the crash.

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