A Middlesex County resident died in a single-vehicle accident on Friday night, according to a report by Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
Joseph Paul Pearce, 85, of Topping, was traveling westbound on Route 33 (General Puller Highway) east of Route 620 (Philpott Road) when the vehicle he was driving ran off the roadway, striking a road sign and several mailboxes before going airborne and landing in a ditch, Sgt. Anaya said.
Pearce was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash, and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. There was no indication of alcohol as a factor of the crash, she said.