Person killed in crash on Rt. 58 in Suffolk identified

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:29 AM

7pm UPDATEPolice identified as the victim as Charles Ray Sawyer, Jr., age 54, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

12:55pm UPDATE: All three lanes of eastbound Route 58 are now open.

SUFFOLK - One person was killed Monday in a crash on Route 58 in Suffolk.

The vehicle went off the road near the weigh station around 8:30 a.m. and hit a tree, City spokesman Tim Kelly said.

All three lanes of eastbound Rte. 58 were reopened around noon.

The name of the person who was killed hasn't been released.

Monday's accident happened just a few feet away from the site of a Thanksgiving Day crash.

A former police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity told 13News Now that guard rails were installed on the left side of the road because several people died in accidents back in the 90s.

The former officer questioned why the right side of the road did not have guard rails installed.

13News Now reached out to the city but spokesman Tim Kelley said that information couldn't be researched until Dec. 26, after the Christmas holiday. 

Monday's accident was the fifth crash that occurred along the highway in the last month.  

A tractor trailer lost control and struck a power pole in the 6000 block of eastbound Holland Road/Route 58 on Dec. 17.

A tractor trailer hit a light pole around 4 a.m. on December 14 in the 2500 block of Holland Road/Route 58. Spokeswoman Diana Klink says the driver lost control just before 4 a.m. and hit a light pole, causing power lines to fall onto the road.

A rig overturned in the 3200 block on Dec. 10 and another accident occurred in the 6400 block of Holland Road on November 29.

Drivers told 13News Now they feel there is too much traffic involving 18-wheelers.   Some say they've seen drivers cut off the big rigs to try beat traffic.  One truck driver said that they don't like mixing with a smaller cars and they believe they should have extended the bypass further down Highway 58 to avoid the traffic sparked by the city's growth.

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