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Motorist identified in crash off I-40 near Garner

A vehicle went into the woods alone westbound Interstate 40 near Jones Sausage Road during the morning commute toward Raleigh and RTP on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
A vehicle went into the woods alone westbound Interstate 40 near Jones Sausage Road during the morning commute toward Raleigh and RTP on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

A man was found dead in a crashed car in woods along Interstate 40 after an Interstate Motorist Assistance Patrol driver spotted the car once the sun rose Wednesday.

The car, a 2004 Kia Sorrento, had smashed into a tree near the Jones Sausage Road interchange, Lt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol said.

The victim was identified as Walid Ahmad Abu-Hamra, 52, of 5203 West Pine Court, Raleigh.

Accident investigators suspected that the car hydroplaned on the wet highway during the night, sending it off the pavement, Gordon said.

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