Charges issued in fatal accident
By By Connie Nowlin Managing editor
Charges have been issued in the death of an Atmore man in a late night wreck in north Santa Rosa County one year ago
According to police reports, Vaughn Dewayne Jones, 22, was a passenger in the automobile driven by Joshua Lee Kimmons, then 22, of Jay
The report shows that the pair were in a 1995 Chevrolet truck headed east on Whitfield Road near the Berrydale community when it left the road and crossed a creek, striking the embankment and overturning about 11:15 p.m.
Also in the vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, were Jennifer Payne of Jay and Christy Ennis of Milton. The report shows no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, and were all thrown from it when it overturned.
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the reports. Following investigations, Kimmons was charged with one criminal count of vehicular homicide. Bond was set at $2,500. It was determined by the highway patrol that the Chevrolet was traveling at 78 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
The state troopers' report also indicated that Kimmons would be facing traffic charges of speed too fast for conditions, failure to use a seat belt and allowing a passenger younger than age 16 to travel without a seat belt.