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Driver Shoots Self, Crashes Car
Updated August 23, 2017 11:34 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(AMITY) - A fatal accident in southern Johnson County Monday was caused when a driver shot himself, leading his car to crash through several yards before flipping onto its side and hitting a parked vehicle.

The accident happened near Amity at about 5:40 p.m. on old U.S. 31, says Sheriff Doug Cox. Witnesses estimated the vehicle was travelling at more than 100 miles per hour when it went airborne.

The driver was found bleeding from his head and after he was removed from the vehicle the injury was discovered to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say a .22 pistol was recovered from the wreckage.

There is no word yet on whether the 37-year-old driver died from the gunshot or from the accident, Cox says. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Police say alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident.

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