A Virginia State Police trooper who died over the weekend, while on duty was laid to rest today in Martinsville.

     65-year-old Sergeant J. Michael Phillippi died early Saturday morning.

     VSP says a rescue crew found him still seated inside his vehicle after crashing into a road sign, crossing the highway and hitting an embankment.

     We're told, he died at the hospital. Sergeant Phillippi will be buried tomorrow at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday for a Virginia State Police trooper who died while on duty.

State police say the service for Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at McCabe Memorial Baptist Church in Martinsville.

A reception and lunch in Phillippi's memory will be held following the funeral in the church's Fellowship Hall.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a rescue crew on Saturday found the 65-year-old Phillippi still seated inside a Chevrolet Impala. The car had crashed into a road sign, crossed the highway and hit an embankment.

The accident occurred on Route 57 near Route 9728 around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Phillippi was working an overnight supervisory shift. He was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later.