By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
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Augusta, GA -
A 21-year-old is dead tonight after an accident on Peach Orchard Road. Richmond County deputies say the accident happened just after 1:00pm on Saturday near the 4400 Block of Peach Orchard Road.
According to investigators, a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound in the left lane of traffic. The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Matthew Chance of Jenkins County, attempted to change lanes when he lost control of the vehicle and overturned.
The passenger of the truck, 21-year-old Akash Patel, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The Richmond County Coroner's office says Patel died of blunt force trauma. Deputies say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. An autopsy is scheduled next week in Atlanta.
Chance was taken into custody and will be transported to the Richmond County Jail and charged with traveling too fast for conditions and vehicular homicide in the 2nd degree.