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20-year-old man found dead near crashed car in Richmond woman’s yard

Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 14:12:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A death investigation is underway in Richmond after a man was found dead near a crashed car.

Police identified the driver of the white Ford Fusion as Davonja L. Clark, 20, of the 5100 block of Trace Court, in Chesterfield.

The car crashed outside Carol Mason's home at Minefee Street and Presson Boulevard, off Jeff Davis Highway, in South Richmond on Friday morning.

"They said it was an incident in my yard and that a car had hit my tree, there was some damage to the gate and they didn't know what had taken place," Mason said. "It saddens my heart because he's somebody's son, somebody's father maybe, he's a nephew."

Carol Mason outside her South Richmond home.

Carol Mason outside her South Richmond home.

Police said Clark was driving southbound on Drewry Street when he approached the intersection of Minefee Street and Presson Boulevard. He lost control of the vehicle and collided into a telephone pole, tree and a fence and was ejected from the vehicle. No foul play is suspected.

"I'm grateful because the car didn't hit my house," Mason added. "It could have gone the other way and there could have been two deaths."

She asked the public to pray for strength for the victim's family.

Crash Team investigators responded to the scene, where they interviewed witnesses and took measurements. The investigation is still on-going.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crash Team Investigator Monica Fecht at (804) 646-6190 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens may also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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