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Police identify victim of fiery fatal crash in rural Long County
GSP accident

A Glennville man was identified Saturday afternoon as the victim of a fatal crash on Highway 196 in Long County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Lyle Thurmond was dispatched to a single-vehicle accident scene shortly after 4 a.m. Friday. Thurmond said the vehicle was traveling west on Highway 196 when it ran off the road — apparently at a high rate of speed — and struck several trees, which caused it to burst into flames.

Thurmond said Jamal Richardson, 38, was identified as the victim after identifying numbers from the vehicle’s airbag were run through a national insurance database.

Documents and other identifying marks of the vehicle were destroyed by the fire, causing the delay in identifying him.

Thurmond said Richardson had last been seen alive by his girlfriend Thursday.

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