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Oxford man dies in one-vehicle crash

COVINGTON - A 22-year-old Newton County man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in the early morning hours Sunday on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford.

Andrew "Drew" Stoddard of Oxford was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to Trooper B. Marks of the Georgia State Patrol Post 46 in Conyers.

Marks said the Dodge Ram pickup driven by Stoddard was headed west on Boogers Hill Road when it left the roadway and "traveled 101 feet and impacted some high trees."

"Speed was probably a factor (in the crash)," Marks said, adding that the truck rotated counter clockwise and came to rest on the passenger side.

"He was negotiating a curve on the crest of the hill," Marks said. "He was not wearing a seat belt, but I don't think it would have made a difference because the impact was on the driver's door."

Marks said it was not raining at the time of the crash - 4:55 a.m.

"The roads were wet, but I think the main factor was probably speed," the trooper said.

A memorial service will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Lake Varner Reservoir where Stoddard's family said in an obituary notice he enjoyed spending time. They requested that those attending the service dress casually.

The family described Stoddard as enjoying fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and spending time with his niece Chloe.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com