A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Smithville resident Friday around noon on McCullen Road in Monroe County.
James Wayne Reese, 51, of Smithville, was pronounced dead on the scene after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a tree.
According to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, Reese died from multiple trauma. Reese was about one mile west of the Becker Post Office when the accident occurred.
“Reese was traveling east on McCullen Road when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and ran through a ditch before hitting a tree,” Gurley said.
Reese was wearing a seat belt at the time.