Single-vehicle accident leaves one dead

PARKERSBURG -A man believed to be from Waverly is dead following a single-car accident Monday morning.

Chief Law Enforcement Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department said the man perished in a single-vehicle accident on St. Marys Pike.

The man had not been positively identified. Graham said the driver is believed to be a 22-year-old man from Waverly.

Graham said according to crash scene investigators and an eyewitness, the man’s car, a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire, was traveling at a high rate of speed, northbound on St. Marys Pike when the car left the pavement, struck a mailbox, crossed the road, struck a telephone box and culvert.

The crash happened around 3:50 a.m.

“Someone leaving for work saw it and said the car was driving at an excessive rate of speed,” Graham said.

Graham said after striking the culvert the car went airborne, flipped once and landed on its wheels in the road at the St. Marys Pike/Valley Mills Road intersection.

“Witnesses said the vehicle was flying and immediately burst into flames,” he said.

Graham said the man was dead on-scene.

The crash remains under investigation. Due to the fire and condition of the man, investigators are still awaiting results from the state medical examiner’s office and dental records to make an identification.