Driver found dead after calling 911 following crash

Truck involved in crash, photo by WAVY/Lex Gray.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police have identified a driver who died after running off the roadway and landing in a body of water in Suffolk Wednesday morning.

Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said emergency crews received a call from the driver around 6 a.m. about the crash. The driver said his vehicle had left the roadway and was submerged in a body of water, but he wasn’t sure of his exact location.

Crews were able to get a ping from the cell phone tower the call came from to get a location. Emergency crews from Suffolk, Southampton County, Franklin, Isle of Wight County and State Police all responded to try to search for the crash.

Klink said Suffolk Police were able to obtain the driver’s home address through phone records, and contacted his family. Police then determined the driver’s normal route to work, and began looking for any nearby bodies of water.

Around 8:15 a.m., Suffolk Police found a set of tire tracks leading to a small pond in the 9400 block of South Quay Road in the rural part of the city off Route 58. Virginia State Police divers went into the water and found the truck.

The driver was dead.

WAVY News’ Lex Gray reported the vehicle was traveling on New Road when it crossed over South Quay Road and drove through a field before ending up in the water.

The vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup, was pulled from the water shortly before noon. The victim has been identified as Daniel Post, 52, of Franklin.

This is the second fatal crash involving a vehicle in a body of water in Suffolk in less than 12 hours. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a Nissan went into a body of water in Northern Suffolk. A passenger was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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