A Wendell man died Tuesday after his pickup truck ran off a highway exit ramp in Zebulon and crashed into a row a trees.
Zebulon police said Melvin Richardson, 50, of Longdeer Drive, was driving west on U.S. 64/264 and attempting to take the North Arendell Avenue exit about 5:30 p.m. Police said the truck entered the exit at a high speed and left the pavement.
Richardson, the only person in the truck, was taken to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.
Officials closed the exit ramp for a couple hours while they investigated the crash. In a statement issued Wednesday, police said they suspected alcohol and speed contributed to the crash.
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The Zebulon Fire Department, Eastern Wake EMS and the State Highway Patrol assisted Zebulon police on the call.