RICHMOND -- A man was killed in a rollover accident Sunday morning when he drove his car off Richmond Parkway and plummeted more than 100 feet into a ravine, police said.
The middle-aged man, who has not been identified, was driving his Mini Cooper about 5:05 a.m. on the 3300 block of Richmond Parkway when he veered off the street near Lakeside Drive and into a marshy ravine, Richmond police Det. Nicole Abetkov said. Several callers reported seeing the vehicle swerve off the roadway and over the steep embankment.
The car rolled more than 100 feet before coming to a rest upside down at the edge of the swamp. The man, who was alone in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"There's a pretty good drop right there, but you can't see the ravine from the street," Abetkov said. "It's pretty deceiving -- you don't even know it's there."
No other cars were involved in the accident, Abetkov said. There was no immediate indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, and investigators remained on scene Sunday morning to try and determine a cause.
A dozen emergency vehicles remained on scene as of 11 a.m., when the coroner was en route to the wreckage. The westbound direction of Richmond Parkway remained closed from Blume Drive to Lakeside Drive, and authorities estimated the road would reopen about 1 p.m.
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Staff writer Tom Lochner contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at firstname.lastname@example.org.