(UPDATE) Decatur Police investigating fatal crash on West PoncePhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
The Decatur Police Department is investigating a fatal crash in the 800 block of West Ponce de Leon Avenue.
The crash occurred on Friday, Aug. 2. The victim has been identified as 72-year-old Melvin Cooper of East Point.
Public safety officials temporarily closed the road between West Parkwood Road and Upland Road during the investigation.
Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said police responded to the scene on Aug. 2 around 9:48 a.m.
“The accident investigation revealed a white 2011 Toyota Yaris was traveling eastbound in the 800 block of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and left the roadway,” Ross said. “The Toyota struck a tree and the vehicle caught on fire. The driver of the vehicle was deceased on scene. No other vehicles were involved.”