January 14, 2021  |  08:33 am

Speed and the lack of seatbelt use are both believed to be factors in a fatal crash that occurred near Covington early Tuesday (January 12) morning.

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday a 31-year-old Florida man was driving westbound on Lowe Davis Road near Covington in a Toyota Tacoma when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck left the roadway and impacted the ditch before coming to rest after striking a tree near Wilkinson Street. 

Neighbors heard the crash and called 911. Responding medical personnel transported the driver to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening.

“While it is always unfortunate when a life is lost,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “This tragedy should serve as a reminder to all drivers to slow down, obey posted speed limits, and always wear your seatbelt.”