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SMITHFIELD, Va. -- A 45-year-old man driving a golf cart was killed in a head-on collision early Friday morning, according to Virginia State Police. The deceased driver was identified as Ryan Allen Cooling, of Elkton, Maryland.

"At approximately 12:51 a.m. (August 16), Virginia State Police Communications Center received a call of a two-vehicle accident on Route 10, east of Route 710, involving a golf cart," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "Cooling was traveling in eastbound in the westbound lanes of Route 10."

(PHOTO: Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department)

Police said Cooling was driving, without headlights, when a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage struck his golf cart head on.

Cooling, who was not wearing a seatbelt according to police, died at the scene.

The Mitsubishi driver, identified as 30-year-old Joseph Thomas Connelly, of Smithfield, was arrested for driving under the influence, according to Virginia State Police. He was treated for minor injuries.

(PHOTO: Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department)

Route 10, near Cypress Creek Golfers' Club in Smithfield, was closed several hours while police investigated the overnight crash.

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