Man electrocuted trying to help motorist - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man electrocuted trying to help motorist

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A 19-year-old Bradford man was killed over the weekend when he was electrocuted by a live wire while trying to help a motorist who had hit a utility pole near Milan.

Gentry Ayers had gotten out of his car Saturday morning to assist 22-year-old Benjamin Skelton, who authorities said had been drinking.

A wire downed by the crash broke when it was hit by a second vehicle, striking Ayers. He was pronounced dead at Milan General Hospital. Authorities said the wire also injured a Paris woman who had also stopped to offer assistance to the driver.

Skelton was charged with driving under the influence.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.

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