The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office on Tuesday identified the motorist killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Monroe Drive as Michael Burton, 53, of Atlanta.
Police were dispatched to the scene on Monroe Drive NE near Hillpine Drive NE around 5:15 p.m. Monday, Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.
According to the preliminary investigation, Burton apparently lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole while traveling south on Monroe Drive, Chafee said. He died at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle.
The accident remains under investigation, with authorities working to determine what factors may have contributed to the crash, Chafee said.
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