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Fatal Accident on Route 33

Fatal Accident on Route 33

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Editor's note: Updated at 9:45 a.m., Monday, Dec. 14.

An Elkton man died in an accident on U.S. Route 33 on Thursday, Dec. 10, according to the Virginia State Police.

Corinne Geller, public relations director at the Virginia State Police, said the accident occurred at 7:29 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Spotswood Trail, less than a mile west of the intersection with Dyke Road (Route 810).  

A 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling west on Route 33 when it ran off the right side of the highway, struck a road sign and then an embankment, according to Geller. The vehicle went airborne, overturned and struck several trees before coming back into the roadway. The vehicle then slid across the westbound lanes into the guardrail off the left side of the highway, she said.

The driver, Malachi G. Dean, 24, of Elkton, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene.  

Excessive speed is being considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, she said.

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