UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the driver as Eric Lewis Pitts, 35. Pitts was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash.


PREVIOUS STORY: A 35-year old man died in an early morning car crash on Shallowford Road. When Chattanooga Police arrived on the scene around 2:30 Wednesday morning, they weren’t sure what happened.

"What appeared to be two vehicles turned out to be just one vehicle,” Chattanooga Police supervisor Justin Kilgore said.

Police say the man was speeding down Shallowford Road, lost control, and veered into the curb on the opposite side of the road. The car slid into a pole and was split in two.

"Extremely high speeds. That's exactly what we're doing right now, determining exactly what did occur, how did it occur, and what was the speed of the vehicle,” Kilgore said.

The driver was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene.

"People think they can maintain speeds, but what you don't pay attention to is that one other driver that pulls out from somewhere, or hills or curbs that you've not familiar with,” Kilgore said. “And you don't know how your car may or may not know how your car will react to those situations."

The road was shut down for hours Wednesday, as police tried to make heads or tails of the severely damaged car.

"We just wanted to be able to determine how fast they were going, if any alcohol was involved, or any other factors that may have been involved in this accident,” Kilgore said.

For those officers, it's a scene they see too often.

"This much destruction for one single vehicle, it is a fairly large scene,” Kilgore said. “However we work cases like this all the time."

Kilgore said despite their efforts to educate, it's one they know they'll see again.

"It's nothing that we're going to be able to completely stop,” Kilgore said. “It's something that's always going to continue."

The driver hasn’t been identified. Chattanooga Police are waiting until the family can be notified.


PREVIOUS STORY: A car traveling at what police describe as a 'high rate of speed' lost control early Wednesday morning on Shallowford Road.

Police say the Infinity topped the hill heading eastbound near Shallowford Village Drive and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting the curb and then sliding into a traffic signal pole.

The impact severed the vehicle into two pieces.

The driver was ejected during the crash, and was pronounced dead at the scene by Hamilton County EMS.

The 35-year-old driver has not yet been identified pending notification of family.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423-698-2525 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.


PREVIOUS STORY: Dispatch tells us a single-vehicle crash has shut down a portion of Shallowford Road. 

The crash happened around 2 A.M. on the cross street of Amin Drive. 

They say it has been shut down for a few hours. 

We have a crew on the scene working to learn more. 

This is a developing story, stay with us for updates. 

 


Alternate routes:

Lee Highway to 153, 153 to I-75

I-75 around to 153, 153 to Shallowford Road