UPDATE 9/2/13 @ 7 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man lost his life after a car accident in the Westmoreland area of Huntington early Sunday morning.
Sonny Allen says his family woke up about 4:30 a.m. to the sound of a car slamming into a light pole in front of their home in the 3000 block of Waverly Road.
“I came running out, and all I had was a pair of shorts and bare feet,” Allen said.
Allen says he tried to get the driver out, but the front end was too badly damaged to get the door open.
"I thought the sooner we could get him out, I didn't know if anything else was going to happen to the car because of the pole being jammed into the engine, if it was leaking gas or anything like that,” Allen said, “but the cops arrived and told me just to leave him in there in case there was some spinal injury."
Firefighters had to cut the door off the car to get 36-year-old Jason Steger into an ambulance.
Police say he died at the hospital.
"Speed does not appear to be a major factor, but there is a suspicion alcohol was involved in the crash," Cpl. Gary Queen with the Huntington Police Department said.
Allen says sadly, this crash doesn't come as a surprise.
“It's almost anticipated because I've been living here since 2006, and that's all you hear around this curve are those wheels squealing,” Allen said. “People take this curve way too fast."
Police are waiting for results from the medical examiner's office.
Steger lived on Charlie's Creek in Ohio, police say.
Queen says his car did not have air bags, and he was not wearing a seatbelt.
It happened about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of Waverly Road.
Huntington Police say Jason Steger, 36, crashed into a light pole in the concrete median.
Steger was taken to the hospital but did not survive.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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