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Fatal crash went undetected for hours

A man in his 30s died in a single-vehicle crash in Newport. (FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross) A man in his 30s died in a single-vehicle crash in Newport. (FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

A man in his 30s died in a single-vehicle accident on New Year's Eve that went undetected for hours overnight on Monmouth Street near Carothers Road..

"He was always cracking jokes. He was a very genuine person,” said Colleen McElroy, sister of the accident victim, Jordan McElroy, 39.

"We just want to know what happened. We just want to know,” said his sister.

They're not alone. Police know how the accident happened, but not why it happened. They think they could be looking for someone other than the victim.

"It was a glancing blow off a curb, to a telephone pole, into a wall. We do think that there's a second person involved,” said Newport Police Chief Tom Collins.

The car was found crashed into a concrete wall early Thursday, well after it occurred sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and midnight, said Collins. The accident wasn't discovered for hours, possibly because of the way the car came to rest in the parking lot of Penn Station in the 1700 block of Monmouth Street. Driving by, it appeared the car was merely parked in the lot.

McElroy was found in the passenger seat of his own car and  pronounced dead at the scene.

His family says he went to hear some music and then to a friend's house where his car was parked. After that, no one really knows what happened.

"He was probably too inebriated to drive. It was New Year's Eve. You offered to drive his car so that he would get home safely. It was a tragic accident,” said McElroy.

But, they still need answers for that accident. On this first day of 2015, McElroy's family is begging for a conclusion.

"We would like it if you would come forward. We, as a family, forgive you for this. We don't blame you. We know that you were just trying to help him,” McElroy told FOX19 NOW.

Collins says they're trying to figure out if the impact was the only thing contributing to McElroy's death, and are waiting on toxicology results and hospital reports to see if there was anything else that may have been factors in his death.

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