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Bristol police: Man killed in State Street crash had 0.31 BAC

Staff Report • Apr 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — Autopsy results from a man killed in a downtown Bristol crash in mid-February indicated he had a blood-alcohol concentration nearly four times the legal limit, police said Monday in a news release.

William Marcella was killed after a high-speed trip down State Street ended in a crash Feb. 15.

Police said the medical examiner's report released Monday concluded that Marcella died from blunt force trauma received in the crash. Marcella had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.31. It is illegal in Virginia to operate a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

Marcella was traveling east on State Street at high speed when he lost control of the car, crashing into two vehicles parked in the 600 block of State Street on the Virginia side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man seated in one of the parked cars was injured in the crash and was treated at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

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