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MILLVILLE â€” Police say excessive speed was a factor in the crash of a motor vehicle that left a 20-year-old local man dead Sunday.
Christopher Mitrano of 9 Allard Court was pronounced dead at the scene about 1 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle, said Police Clerk Blaine Sheppard.
Sheppard said Mitrano's 2002 Camry swerved off Chestnut Hill Road and slammed into â€śmultiple treesâ€ť with such force the car was severed.
â€śIt was in two pieces,â€ť said Sheppard. â€śThe whole front end was sheared off, right behind the passenger section. That's just not something that happens at 25 or 30 mph.â€ť
Sheppard said it's unknown precisely how fast Mitrano was traveling. That is a subject of continuing investigation by the Regional Crash Reconstruction Team.
Mitrano was wearing a seatbelt, Sheppard said. There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. An autopsy of the victim by the state medical examiner is pending, he said.
The accident happened near a curve at Tower Hill Road, but Sheppard said the curve is not particularly sharp.
Mitrano graduated from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School about two years ago and still had friends there, said Sheppard. School officials were expected to make grief counselors available for students.