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Speed, alcohol factors in fatal crash


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Alcohol and high speed were considered factors in the traffic death early Sunday of a 49-year-old Columbus man.

The driver, Jack Keller, suffered multiple traumas and was pronounced dead at the scene, Coroner Larry Fisher said.

Alcohol was a contributing factor, with the victim having a blood alcohol content level of 0.354, Fisher said.

Such a level is more than four times the legal limit to be considered intoxicated.

“He was killed instantly due to high speed,” Fisher said.

Police said the driver, who was alone in the car, lost control of his vehicle about 2 a.m. and struck a tree while northbound in the 3000 block of Washington Street, police said.

City streets were wet at the time of the accident and could have been a factor, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Police had received a call about 90 seconds earlier reporting a reckless driver traveling north on Washington Street at a high rate of speed, he said.

“Speed was obviously a factor, along with wet conditions and impairment. All those played a role in the accident,” Myers said.

Police accident reconstructionists were working to determine how fast Keller was traveling, he said.

The Pontiac that Keller was driving did catch fire, which first-responders extinguished, Myers said.

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