Update: Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor said Monday that a Sunday wreck on Ga. 140 that left a Summerville man dead was just a "pure accident" and there was no sign of him suffering a medical issue prior to going off the road, traveling down an embankment and crashing into a tree.
The man's body will not be sent to the GBI Crime Lab, Proctor said.
Previously reported: A 60-year-old Summerville man died Sunday when the car he was driving on Ga. 140 went off the road near the boat ramp, skidded down the embankment and crashed into a tree.
Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor said Roy Clint McCary died of injuries from the wreck and was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:35 p.m.
The wreck happened between Davis Loop Road and the entrance to the boat ramp. Ga. 140 was shut down for about an hour just before 3 p.m. while a wrecker pulled the vehicle up from the ravine.
No one saw the crash happen. Rome-Floyd County firefighters and county police responded to the scene at around 1:45 p.m. when a passerby saw the vehicle and called 911.
Floyd County Police Sgt. Rusty Williams said Sunday afternoon that it was unclear exactly when the wreck occurred. He said specific details would be calculated from measurements and evidence collected along the road.
“The lights of the car were still on, so the battery hadn’t run down yet,” Wil-liams pointed out.
The vehicle was apparently heading west on Ga. 140 — Turkey Mountain Road — when it left the road just before Davis Loop, traveled along the right of way and then down the embankment before flipping into a tree.
Fire Battalion Chief Danny Lee watched as first responders checked for signs of life in the vehicle on Christmas Eve.
“Bad things happen on the holidays, just like it does every other day,” Lee said. “That’s why we’re on duty 24/7.”