Falmouth Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a man died in a crash after his car left the road and plunged into the ocean.

Sunday morning at around 9:28 a.m., members of the Falmouth Police Department and Falmouth Fire Rescue Department responded to a single-car crash at the intersection of Central Avenue and Menauhant Road after the car was spotted submerged in the water.

The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 21-year-old man from Grafton who has not yet been identified, died from injuries sustained during the crash, police said.

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According to police, preliminary investigation indicates the car “was traveling south on Central Avenue, failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed over Menauhant Road, crossed over Menauhant Beach, and then landed in the water on its roof.”

Massachusetts State Police said the vehicle was believed to have been traveling at a high rate of speed in the pre-dawn hours when it crashed over the embankment and plunged into the ocean.

The man’s body was recovered by Falmouth firefighters this morning. Members of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit arrived at around noon “to check the vehicle and the surrounding area for any potential additional victims and to hook up the vehicle for recovery from the water,” said a state police spokesperson.

State police said the car was 15-20 feet from the shore, and by the time the dive team entered the water, the car was in about five feet of water. The tide had been higher when the car went into the water.

According to state police, the dive team’s search revealed no other victims in the car or on the surrounding sea floor. The car was hitched and towed out.

The crash remains under investigation by the Falmouth Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section (CARS).

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