It was not until the Fourth of July holiday weekend that Jones County’s first traffic fatality of the year occurred. Roger Wright Barlow, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle accident that occurred July 6 at 12 minutes past midnight.
The 1996 Chevrolet Astro van driven by Barlow went off the road and down an embankment on Highway 49 just north of Garrison Road. A passenger in the van, Angela Eve Baughman, was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center for treatment.
The cause of the accident was not determined, but Deputy William ‘Ed” Jernigan, who was the first officer on the scene, noted in his report that it was a cloudy night, the road was wet, and the roadway is unlighted.
Fatality investigator Deputy Kenny Allen said he did not think speed was a factor and concurred with Jernigan’s observations.
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