At approximately 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, Master Trooper A. Allen was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Essex County.


A 2008 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling northbound on Tidewater Trail near Dangerfield Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.


The driver – 37 year-old Christopher P. Ball, of Champlain, Va. – was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation revealed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.


21 year-old Taylor Shackleford, was the only passenger in the vehicle. He was transported to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.


The crash remains under investigation.