A University of Talladega student died sometime Monday night after the Taurus she was driving eastbound on Interstate 20 left the road and crashed into a tree.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the wreck was not noticed until approximately 7:52 a.m. when a motorist called 911 and reported that there was a damaged vehicle and debris at the bottom of a deep embankment off the interstate.
Cadet Cody Cantrell said the body of Chante Tanesha Beavers, 21, Pell City, Ala. was found approximately 20 feet from the remains of the Taurus. Cantrell said investigators believe speed may have had a factor in the crash. He said there were no signs of skid marks or braking on the road or embankment. He said the embankment was more than 40 yards down. The vehicle struck with such force that its engine dropped to the ground and the Taurus continued. Beavers was ejected and the vehicle’s lights were destroyed.
“It would have been impossible to see at night,” Cantrell said.
Authorities are not sure what time the incident occurred. When officers arrived the exposed engine was cool to the touch, he said. The driver’s side seatbelt appeared to have been buckled behind the driver, Cantrell said. The speedometer was stuck on 100 mph, he said.
Beavers was pronounced dead at the scene.