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September 27, 2013

Three killed in I-64 accident

WOODLAWN — Three Mt. Vernon residents were killed in an early morning crash Thursday on Interstate 64 near the Woodlawn exit.

Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks said the three victims were ejected from an SUV they occupied while traveling east on Interstate 64.

The accident happened shortly before 3 a.m. According to Marks, the SUV was bumped by an eastbound car, a Camaro, driven by 20-year-old Aaron Myers of Simpson, who apparently fell asleep. Myers was injured and taken to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center with minor injuries, and later released.

Killed in the accident was the driver of the SUV, 51-year-old James Watt and passengers 57-year-old Roberta Jones, his sister, and 52-year-old Derlorise Jones, a cousin.

Marks said there is no indication of foul play or drugs and/or alcohol being involved.

Marks said when the car hit the SUV, it caused the vehicle to run off the highway rolling numerous times. The vehicle came to rest down an embankment, near the Woodlawn overpass.

Myers was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violation of license restriction (no corrective lenses) and was released.

The accident is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Upon completion of the investigation, further charges may be pending, according to the sheriff's department.

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