Driver pronounced dead in hospital after vehicle crashes into trees: Middlesex OPP

OPP believe speed was a factor in the crash.
OPP believe speed was a factor in the crash. Global News file

Middlesex County OPP are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Thames Centre early Monday morning.

According to police, emergency responders were called to Prospect Hill Road near Eight Mile Road just after 5 a.m. Monday.

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“Police located a single motor vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a group of trees, resulting in catastrophic damage,” officers said in a release.

The driver, the only person in the vehicle, was extricated and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died in hospital. On Wednesday, police issued an update identifying the deceased driver as Jose Rayo, 43, of London.

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Prospect Hill Road was closed for roughly six hours but reopened at around 12:45 p.m. Monday.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far police say they believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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