BEAUFORT COUNTY -

Investigators said alcohol may have been a factor in a crash that killed a man in Beaufort County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 45-year-old David Smith died in the single-vehicle wreck, which happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Troopers said Smith was heading south on U.S. 17, just outside Chocowinity, when he crashed and was thrown from his vehicle.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, troopers said. The investigation is ongoing.