A Malvern Borough resident died in a high-speed one-car crash Friday around 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of King Road and Route 352 in East Whiteland.
Jorge Garcia, 23, was driving a 2000 Corvette as it sped through an intersection and hit multiple trees in the yard of a nearby home. King Road does not cross Route 352 in a straight line, with the western side connecting at an angle. Garcia, who lived in East Whiteland before moving to the borough, would have been familiar with the intersection, police said.
"He was traveling down the road at a high rate of speed, westbound on King, and went straight across the intersection into that yard," East Whiteland Police Lt. Chris Yeager said.
Preliminary investigation indicates Garcia was driving at least twice the 40 mph speed limit, according to Yeager. No one else was in the car.
Homeowners Edwin and Karol Anne Roberts said they were woken up by a sound like thunder.
"Not only did you hear the sound, it actually shook the windows," Edwin Roberts said.
The most likely cause of the crash appears to be driver error, not drugs or alcohol, according to Yeager.
[Edited 1-24-12 10am to correct homeowners' name.]