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Driver identified in fiery Lilburn crash

LILBURN -- Brakes weren't applied in a fiery crash on Tuesday where a Norcross woman crashed into a pole traveling at about 70 mph, police said.

Lilburn Police said on Friday that driver error was the cause of a fatal one-car accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 and Indian Trail-Lilburn Road. One witness said flames started less than 10 seconds after the 2000 Ford Explorer hit the pole, according to an accident report. The officer also noted that there were no skid marks at the scene.

Larrie Elatrice Wilkerson, 61, of Norcross drove the red SUV into a pole at about 4 p.m. traveling southbound. Wilkerson died on impact before the vehicle was engulfed in flames, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office.

The fire was caused by a ruptured gas tank and the fire couldn't be extinguished with a fire extinguisher. An officer wrote that the body was severely burned and he, "could not tell by looking if it was male or female."

Contacted by police, Wilkerson's brother in California said Wilkerson moved to Georgia about a year ago.