An Amissville man died Monday morning after losing control of his car and hitting a tree just off the roadway, possibly because of a medical emergency, Virginia State Police said in a statement.

Just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 2, a 2012 Toyota Camry was driving north on State Route 1066 and attempted a left turn onto State Route 1068 when the driver lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway, and collided with a tree.

The driver of the Toyota, Robert A. Mello, 77, of Amissville in Culpeper County was transported to Fauquier Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Mello’s body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiners in Manassas to determine his cause of death. Mello was wearing a seat-belt.

A passenger in the Toyota, an 82-year-old man, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Fauquier Hospital. He was also wearing a seat-belt.

State Trooper B. Coleman continues to investigate the crash. The VSP statement said a medical emergency is being considered as a factor.

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