By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Police say alcohol, speed and failure to wear a seatbelt were all factors in a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a Pulaski man just 30 minutes into 2013.
Clinton Edward Everidge, 35, of 7th Street in Pulaski was killed instantly when he was ejected from his 1996 Chevrolet Blazer on Cougar Trail Road at 12:30 a.m., according to Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker.
“Trooper Matt Newberry, the investigating officer, has learned from witnesses that Everidge was traveling at a high rate of speed when he passed another vehicle over the double solid yellow lines,” Honaker said. “After illegally passing the other vehicle, Everidge’s vehicle entered a sharp curve in the roadway and ran off the right side of the road.”
Everidge lost control of the Blazer as he attempted it to bring it back onto the road, said Honaker. At that point, the Blazer turned sideways and overturned at least four times, ejecting Everidge, who was unrestrained, onto the roadway. Everidge was killed instantly and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle came to rest in an upright position in a field and caught fire. It was completely destroyed by the blaze.
The wreck occurred two-tenths of a mile north of Bob White Boulevard, in the sharp curve just past the main entrance to the Volvo Trucks plant.
Honaker said Newberry indicated evidence at the scene indicated alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Virginia State Police was assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Newbern Volunteer Fire Department.