Neville Forsythe
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Chattanooga chef ID’d as victim in deadly crash on I-75

Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal car wreck in Bartow County as a chef from Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Neville Forsythe, 63, died when he was ejected from an SUV traveling on I-75 Monday, according to the Georgia State Patrol. 

Forsythe, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, was a chef at Mrs. B’s Reggae Cafe in Chattanooga, according to the restaurant’s website. The Jamaican eatery is owned by his wife, Marilyn Forsythe. 

Forsythe was a passenger in a red 2004 Ford Explorer, according to a crash report obtained by AJC.com. 

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The SUV was heading north in the middle lane of I-75 when its left rear tire malfunctioned, the report said. The car started to veer, and the driver overcorrected to the right, the report said. 

The SUV overturned on the roadway and traveled another 200 feet, flipping numerous times. The vehicle then left the roadway completely and hit a tree. The SUV finally came to a stop on its roof, the report said. 

The driver, whose condition is not known, was taken to a local hospital. 

Authorities said Forsythe was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene. 

On its website, Mrs. B’s calls itself Chattanooga’s “first authentic Jamaican food destination” and says its “very talented and well experienced chef serves up some of the best Jamaican food ever.” 

In a Facebook post, the restaurant announced it would be closed due to an “unforeseen tragedy.” 

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