Family members say man found dead in Dinwiddie crash was missing since Saturday

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that happened in Dinwiddie County Monday.

Family members tell 8News that the person in the car was a man who lived in the area who had been missing since Saturday.

Police said the call came in at about 5:40 p.m. about a vehicle accident off of Boydton Plank Road. Police said the crash happened when Clarence J. Thomas, Sr., 60, of McKinney, ran off the road while traveling south on Route 1. The accident caused the car to overturn several times, partially ejecting Thomas.

Thomas died at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Family members say Thomas left home Saturday and had not been seen for two days prior to the accident

Thomas lived only a mile from the scene where they found his car.

Where the vehicle was found was not actually visible from the road, about 75 yards off in a cutover.

The family said that they were there when the mangled wreckage was pulled out and shared that people out riding an ATV made the discovery.

“They rode down this area here behind me and they saw a vehicle over in the woods and they rode over there and they saw a body in the car so they called 911,” Blossie Robinson, the sister of the man in the car, said.

Family members told 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh that while they are overwhelmed by their grief, they are thankful for the closure they now have knowing what happened.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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