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Man drives into canal; pronounced dead on scene

By Staff | Aug 9, 2017

A 79-year-old man was pronounced dead on Monday after driving a vehicle into a canal.

The unidentified driver was headed northbound on Chiquita Boulevard North in a Nissan Rogue, according to a police report. At 8:16 a.m., he veered right while passing through the intersection at Wilmington Parkway. The SUV struck a stop sign for the westbound traffic and continued north.

The Nissan then entered a vacant field situated north of Wilmington on the east side of Chiquita, the report states. After traveling through the field, the SUV entered the canal, where it came to a stop.

The driver was pronounced dead on scene.

According to the report, it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.