COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man who survived a roll over crash, died moments later while he was standing outside his car calling for help on his cell phone.
The crash happened early Sunday morning in Covington, Tennessee, about 15 miles from both men's hometown of Mason.
Patrick Jones, 29, was pronounced dead on the scene. Jones, who served in the Army for seven years, and spent two of those years in Iraq, was currently a counselor at the West Tennessee Correctional Facility in Mason. He was also studying criminal justice at ITT Tech, and planned on becoming a U.S. Marshal.
"He would always try to say things that would make you laugh," his sister Jamie Jones said. "Or if you were down he would try to cheer you up."
Jones was driving from Mason to see his girlfriend in Covington on Highway 59 at five in the morning Sunday. He ran off the road, and hit a concrete culvert. The Tipton County Sheriff's Office says that made his car airborne. It flipped multiple times and landed upside down.
Jones was able to get out of his car, and report the crash to police. Then witnesses say Jones walked out into the roadway while he was talking on his cell phone. His girlfriend was on the other line.
"She said she heard a loud crash and his phone hung up," Jamie Jones said. "Then I tried to call him, and he didn't answer."
The West Tennessee Detention Facility, where Jones' worked, flew their flags at half staff in his memory Tuesday.
Jamie Jones says she doesn't blame the driver, Myron Jones, 30. The men were not related.
"I just see the whole thing as an accident," Jamie Jones said.
Investigators don't yet know if alcohol was a factor in the initial crash. Deputies have not filed charges. They are waiting for autopsy and toxicology findings. If you know anything that could help investigators, the Tipton County Sheriff's Office asks that you call 901-475-3307.