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Fort Benning soldier arrested in 5-vehicle crash that kills one, injures 7

Jacob Keller (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Jacob Keller (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A five vehicle crash in Columbus Saturday night left one man dead, injured several others and has landed a Fort Benning soldier in jail.

Jacob Keller is in the Muscogee County Jail, charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and DUI after police say he caused the five car crash.

Columbus police responded to a multiple car crash at the intersection of Buena Vista and Floyd Roads just before 7 o'clock Saturday night. Upon arrival they discovered five cars that were involved in the accident, and a total of seven people who were injured from the crash.

Reports show 20 year old Jacob Keller, who is a soldier at Fort Benning, was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of traffic. Keller's SUV struck the bumper of an Oldsmobile Cutlass, where 55-year-old Willie Lawrence was riding in the passenger seat, that was waiting to make a left turn. The Cutlass was pushed into oncoming traffic and hit by a Toyota Tundra. Lawrence, who reports say was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the car and killed.

The accident report goes on to explain that Keller's Explorer then struck a Ford F-150, fishtailed and crashed into Dodge Magnum. At that point, all the vehicles came to their final resting points at the intersection.

Police state that everyone had visible injuries from the crash. Every occupant, with the exception of the driver of the F150, was taken by EMS to the Columbus Regional Medical Center to be treated.

Jacob Keller, who is listed as being from Fairview, Oregon, was given an alcohol and drug test. Reports show Keller's contributing factors to this accident are DUI, following too close, and exceeding the posted 35 mph speed limit.

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