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Wilmington Island Rd back open after fatal crash

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Wilmington Island Road is back open following a fatal crash investigation.

Police and rescue crews were called out to a single-vehicle crash on Wilmington Island Road near the Wilmington Island Club around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Officials say a white Ford Crown Victoria was traveling just past the Wilmington Island Club when it ran off the road and hit some trees, ending up in the middle of the road. They say two people were in the car at the time. Melaine Riley, 40, of Clarkesville, TN was pronounced dead at the scene and Travis Israel, 40, of Savannah was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Police believe the accident occurred when Kevin Wallace, 25, of Savannah, was driving around a curve at a high rate of speed and struck two trees. He and his third passenger, Charles Riley, 42, of Savannah, each left the scene before police arrived.

Police had Wilmington Island Road traffic diverted onto North Cromwell Road for several hours as investigators looked over the scene. The road reopened to traffic around 7:30 a.m.

Police also alerted First Student in case they needed to re-route some of the buses Thursday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

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