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Jonesville man killed in crash

Staff report • Jan 16, 2007 at 12:15 PM

JONESVILLE - A single-vehicle accident early Monday morning claimed the life of a Jonesville man.

Thomas John Ely, 22, Route 1, Box 231, died at the scene of the 1:35 a.m. crash, which took place in the Hurricane section of Lee County, said a Virginia State Police spokesperson.

The official said Ely was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Gallant when he ran off the right side of Route 654, approximately 0.4 mile from Route 616, struck a tree, overturned and hit another tree.

Reckless driving was cited as a contributing factor to the crash. Ely was not wearing a seat belt.

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