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Local man dies in Route 17 crash

A single-vehicle accident on Rt. 17 in Gloucester on Tuesday took the life of a local man.

The accident occurred at 12:51 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Route 17 at Canon Way. The driver of a 2003 Mazda Tribute SUV, Mark Stuart Thomas, ran off the road and struck a tree.

Thomas, 61, of Corr Street in Gloucester suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Thomas was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the Virginia State Police.

This was the second traffic fatality in Gloucester in 2021.