Lincoln man dies when truck crashes into his garage

November 20, 2003|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - A Hustonville man was struck and killed in his garage Wednesday morning in what a Lincoln County Deputy coroner called "a bizarre accident."

Avery Jeffers, 81, of KY 2141, was pronounced dead at the scene after James D Jones, 50, of Stanford, lost control of his Chevy pickup on a curve and drove through the Jeffers' detached garage and struck Jeffers before coming to a stop in the back yard, reported state police.

According to authorities, Jones was traveling south on 2141 at approximately 10:15 a.m. when he lost control of the truck, drove down an embankment and through a fence line two-tenths of a mile north of Hustonville. Jones' vehicle proceeded through the garage where it struck Jeffers and carried him through the other side of the structure and into the yard. "We got the call from the wife, who advised that a pickup truck had run through the garage and her husband was laying in the field behind the house," said Jeff Crow, Lincoln County dispatcher.


"He (Jones) apparently went through the garage at a high rate of speed," said Lincoln County Deputy Coroner Shane Young.

Young said he believed Jeffer's wife, Christine Jeffers, was in the house at the time and heard the accident.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Mike Ashley, who was assisted on the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies, Lincoln and West Lincoln EMS.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputy Bill Schnitzler said he thought rain contributed to the accident. "I say he probably did slide because the roads were wet," said Schnitzler.

Young pronounced Jeffers' cause of death to be blunt force trauma. Young confirmed that the roads were slick with rain upon his arrival at the scene, 30 minutes after the accident.

Jones was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Funeral arrangements for Jeffers are being made at McKinney-Brown funeral home in Liberty.

Ashley reported that no charges were expected to be filed against Jones.

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