Reason for crash still undetermined

Vehicle traveling 70 mph
Jul. 01, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

A Thomasville man died Saturday in a single-car accident on Upper Lake Road.

According to Pam Kearns, spokesperson with the State Highway Patrol, George Louis Berridge, 51, of 189 Greentree Road, died after his 2004 Mercedes ran off the road, hit a ditch and crashed into a house.

Emergency personnel transported him to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the report by Trooper Josh Vernon, Berridge was traveling east on Upper Lake Road when he veered off the road to the right. Berridge, who was not wearing a seatbelt, struck the ditch and went through two residential yards at approximately 70 mph. His vehicle came to a stop after hitting a home at 3222 Upper Lake Road.

"[The accident] happened at 4:10 p.m. Saturday afternoon," Kearns said. "It was 1.70 miles west of Thomasville and involved one vehicle. The speed limit out there is 45 mph and his estimated original travel speed was 75 mph. His estimated speed at impact was 70 mph."

Vernon said operating a vehicle in a careless manner as a contributing circumstance. Berridge's physical condition at the time of the accident is unknown. Toxicology reports are pending.

"Sometimes we get [the reports] back fast, sometimes it may be a month," said Kearns.

No one was at the home when the accident occurred.