Volusia County car accident leaves 1 man dead

Florida Highway Patrol investigating if driver was under the influence

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DELAND, Fla. - A fatal crash in Volusia County Thursday morning is under investigation by Florida Highway Patrol.

According to an FHP press release, at 3:50 a.m., John Pearce, Jr., 23, lost control of his vehicle traveling westbound on New York Avenue.

The 2008 Dodge pickup truck struck a culvert and became airborne before the front of the truck struck a tree, troopers said.

Police say the Pearce, a DeLand resident, died on scene; it is not known whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

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