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Car found in pond contained body
A car was found upside down Friday morning in a pond on E.G. Miles Parkway and Curtis Road. Later, a body was discovered in the vehicle. - photo by Lewis Levine

Officials are looking into a Friday-morning accident in Hinesville that claimed the life of Fort Stewart soldier whose car landed upside-down in a pond at E.G. Miles Parkway and Curtis Road.

The victim has been identified as Staff Sgt. Aaron Demars, 26, a member of the 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, according to Maj. Matthew Foutaine, Fort Stewart public-affairs officer.

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes said the victim’s body was found inside the vehicle. The body was discovered when a tow truck pulled the car from the pond.

It is unknown what time the accident occurred, but LCSO deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers were dispatched to the scene around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a motorist noticed the vehicle sticking out of the water and called 911.

GSP Trooper William Bowman said when the 2010 BMW M-5 sedan which had been traveling west on E.G. Miles Parkway, likely was going fast. The speedometer needle still was pegged at 95 mph, making speed a factor in the accident. There were no skid marks on the road where the accident happened. The BMW traveled 310 feet, hit a light pole and landed in the pond.

The accident still is under investigation, but according to officials, no autopsy is expected to be conducted because it was a single-vehicle accident.

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