DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Coroner James Sheppard said it appears a Dahlonega man apparently died before his car crashed on Auraria Road in Lumpkin County early Saturday morning.
According to the coroner’s report, 44-year-old Christopher G. Mitchell, of 129 Eagles Pointe Drive in Dahlonega, was driving north on Auraria Road near the intersection of Burt Stand Road when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and continued into a small ravine before coming to a rest.
Sheppard said there were no external injuries to the victim and no braking marks that are indicative of a braking attempt. The vehicle remained in this location, just slightly below the roadway, for several hours until daylight. An unknown caller to 911 indicated that a vehicle had an accident and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol responded.
Sheppard said the vehicle transmission was still in the “drive” position and the emergency brake had not been set. He pronounced Mitchell dead at the scene.
After consultation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, it was determined the body would be sent to the GBI crime lab in Decatur for a complete autopsy to determine the cause of death.
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