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SUFFOLK -- 27-year-old Mario (Marion) Deon Wilkins died Saturday afternoon after his car went off of Route 58 (Portsmouth Boulevard) and hit several trees.

Police said the wreck happened at about 3:40 p.m. near the weigh station along the highway.

As part of their investigation, emergency crews shut down 2 lanes of westbound traffic, which created a several mile back up in traffic that lasted a few hours.

'It's just sad,' said an emotional Taylor Harper, a longtime friend of Wilkins.

Dozens of friends left well wishes and condolences on Wilkins' Facebook page shortly after the crash.

Friends told 13News Now he is survived by a young son.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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