Man driving golf cart killed in head-on collision overnight in Smithfield

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SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — A driver is facing a DUI charge after a man driving a golf cart died following a head-on collision overnight in Smithfield.

The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department said units responded to a crash scene near Fairway Drive and the Route 10 bypass shortly after 12:45 a.m. Friday. There, they found an overturned car and a golf cart at the scene, both of which were heavily damaged.

Nightingale was called to the scene due to the nature of the crash, but the man died before medics could transport them to a hospital.

Virginia State Police said 45-year-old Ryan Allen Cooling was driving a Yamaha golf cart, with no headlights, east in the westbound lanes of Route 10 when he was struck head-on by a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage.

Cooling was ejected from the golf cart in the collision. He was not wearing a safety belt and alcohol was a factor, according to state police.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, 30-year-old Joseph Thomas Connelly, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Connelly was treated on scene for minor injuries following the crash, according to the fire department’s post.

The area was closed off for five hours early Friday morning as law enforcement investigated the crash.

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