Coroner identifies man killed in crash on Hwy 72

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon has claimed the life of a Limestone County man.

Limestone County Coroner, Mike West confirmed that 45-year-old Michael Stephenson of Athens was killed when he lost control of the 2012 Ford Focus he was driving  and struck a utility pole. Stephenson, who was not using a seat belt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 72 three miles west of Athens.

Although the circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation, preliminary investigation indicates speed was a factor in the crash.

Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.