Arlie Joseph Allen, 20, of Grovetown, was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.
Allen, a student at Georgia Military College, was driving a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup south on Hereford Farm Road when he apparently lost control, possibly by running off the shoulder and over-correcting, Garrison said.
Allen’s truck slammed into a utility pole at Calloway Road Extension. He died instantly from multiple body and head trauma, Garrison said, adding it was unclear whether Allen had been wearing a seat belt.
Allen was the vehicle’s only occupant. Toxicology tests will be performed by the GBI crime lab, Garrison said.