Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mathews Man Dies In Single-Vehicle Wreck

MATHEWS — A Mathews man died Saturday afternoon after the truck he was driving veered off the road and careened into a utility pole.
Michael James Diggs, 22, was driving a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup eastbound on Route 198 just west of the intersection with Hookemfair Road at about 4:50 p.m. when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, said Sgt. Greg Mathias of the Virginia State Police. Diggs over corrected and ran off the left side of the road before the vehicle overturned and struck a utility pole.
Diggs was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, Mathias said. He was not wearing a seat belt.
A passenger, Jeremy Stephen Forrest, 20, of Mathews, was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Mathias said. Forrest was believed to be wearing a seat belt, he said.

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