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Update: Police release identity of DeKalb man killed after car crashed into utility pole Monday

DeKALB - The identity of a DeKalb man who was killed Monday afternoon after his car struck a utility pole on South Malta Road has been released by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

Edward R. Nealy, 33, of the 900 block of Colby Court in DeKalb was killed after he lost control of his car, which flipped multiple times, and then crashed into a utility pole on South Malta Road Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Nealy was not wearing his seatbelt, the release states.

DeKalb County Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said the road was expected to be closed off until at least 7 p.m. Monday.

"It was westbound on South Malta Road west of Nelson Road," Sullivan said. "The car went off the road and into the field and hit a utility pole, so [Commonwealth Eddison] was up there."

Sullivan said first responders are still trying to determine what caused him to lose control of his car. He was the only person in the vehicle, Sullivan said.

DeKalb County Sheriffs deputies and the DeKalb Fire Department responded to the scene of a single vehicle car crash around 3:15 p.m. Monday, which ejected the driver and caused police to shut down the road near the intersection of Nelson and South Malta Road in DeKalb Township.

DeKalb County traffic scanners reported the driver was lying on the ground near the wreck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by DeKalb EMS.

Powerlines connected to the pole which was impacted by the car crash are on the road, and police have closed off the intersection at Nelson and South Malta Road.

Paramedics initially called for a medical helicopter evacuation for the driver, but later rescinded the call, confirmed DeKalb Fire Chief Jeff McMaster, who was also on the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's office and the DeKalb County Coroner's office.

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