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Crash kills man on State Street in Bristol

staff report • Feb 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

BRISTOL, Va. — The Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., police departments are conducting a joint investigation into a Friday night traffic accident that claimed the life of a Bristol, Va., man.

Police from both departments responded to the 500 block of State Street, where a 1995 Oldsmobile was found crashed.

A preliminary investigation has determined that the driver of the Oldsmobile, 43-year-old William Marcella, was traveling east on State Street at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car, crashing into two vehicles parked in the 600 block of State Street on the Virginia side.

A male who was sitting in one of the parked vehicles was injured and taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Marcella’s Oldsmobile then struck an occupied vehicle stopped for a red light on State Street at the Moore Street/6th Street intersection before coming to a stop in the 500 block of State Street.

Marcella was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Marcella’s body will be sent to the office of the chief medical examiner in Roanoke, Va.

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