GBI: Student had written that he planned to hit a truck head-on

awomack@macon.comMarch 18, 2013 

A Middle Georgia State College student spoke with his mother Friday, leaving her with a concern that he would hurt himself.

Campus police found a note in his dorm room in Cochran, where 22-year-old Darren Keith Jones II had written that he planned to run head-on into an 18-wheeler, ending his life, said Eve Rodgers, assistant special agent in charge of the GBI’s Eastman field office.

Bleckley County deputies put out a lookout for the Kennesaw man’s 1997 Honda Accord at 4:45 p.m.

But it was too late.

Jones already had crossed the center line on Ga. 87 near Garrett Oxley Road in Eastman at 4:30 p.m. and struck an 18-wheeler.

He died at the crash site, Rodgers said.

The 18-wheeler then struck three vehicles parked at the Kuntry Mart gas pumps. Four people were taken to the Dodge County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Josh Lamb said.

The Georgia State Patrol has requested the GBI’s help to determine whether the crash was in fact intentional.

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