Marion man’s car clears barn in fatal accident on Sunday
HARTWICK TWP. — A Marion man was killed on Sunday after being ejected from his car during a roll-over accident.
William Anderson, 24, was was last seen leaving a party around 1 a.m. on Sunday. He was traveling on 15 Mile Road near 60th Avenue in Osceola County’s Hartwick Township when his 1987 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and hit an embankment, causing it to become airborne.
Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay said Anderson’s vehicle launched off the road and cleared the roof of a nearby unoccupied barn before colliding with trees, at which point he was ejected.
“He barely hit the top of the barn, he pretty much cleared it,” Halladay said, explaining that Anderson’s car grazed the peak of the barn on the side facing the road. “He landed about 160 feet from the roadway.”
Given the height of the barn, Halladay said deputies estimated Anderson’s car had to have soared between 20 and 30 feet in the air. After Anderson was ejected from the car, it continued to roll.
The owner of the property and barn discovered Anderson’s body around 2 p.m. on Sunday while walking out to the property’s other barn to take care of his animals.
Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident, Halladay said.
“We handle accidents all the time, and unfortunately when speed and alcohol are a factor, the outcome isn’t good,” he said. “The situation here of how he died was unique.The physics of it show he was just traveling too fast.”