Taunton man killed in rollover crash in Mansfield

MANSFIELD — A 62-year-old Taunton man died in a car rollover at approximately 10 p.m. in Mansfield Tuesday night, police said.

John H. Kempster, Jr. was driving a 2004 Honda CRV on Route 495 when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle south of Exit 12, according to a State Police statement.

Kempster, Jr. was ejected from the vehicle and later died from injuries.  He was pronounced dead after he was transported by ambulance to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

The Honda was on the southbound side of the highway and was driving in the left lane before the crash, police said. The vehicle veered off the roadway and entered the median strip, where it rolled over several times, police said.

The reason for why the vehicle left the road is unclear, police said.

The investigation into the crash is being led by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, with help fro the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. State police were assisted at the scene by the Mansfield Fire Department.

The left lane of Route 495 southbound was closed for about two hours after the crash.

Massachusetts State Police spokesperson David Procopio said that it is not known if speed or alcohol was a factor.

“There is nothing preliminarily, but the investigation is ongoing,” Procopio said. “There is nothing we are aware of [indicating that Kempster, Jr. was intoxicated]. Speed at this point is unknown.”

Procopio said that the accident reconstruction team is now examining the scene to find out the cause of the crash.

“Speed is always one of the things we’ll investigate and it’s always one of the potential factors that the team will look at,” he said. “They’ll examine any markings on the road and any debris and the position of the vehicle. There has been no determination yet on [whether excessive speed played a role].”