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September 18, 2010

One-car wreck results in fatality

THOMASVILLE — An investigation is under way into the death of a Grady County woman whose body was found near a wrecked vehicle early Saturday morning.

The Ga. 3 wreck is believed to have occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to medical personnel, but was not discovered until after sunrise by a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol.

The officer saw the late-model white Nissan Maxima in an overgrown area 10 to 15 yards from Ga. 3, two miles north of Ochlocknee.

The body of Destin Jenkins, 27, 740 Capel Road, Cairo, was found on the ground about 20 feet from the wrecked car, said Lt. Steven Jones, sheriff’s office public information officer.

The investigation, to date, has established Jenkins was a passenger in the vehicle, but authorities do not know if others were in the car when it wrecked.

The Nissan was traveling north on Ga. 3 when the driver lost control, perhaps overcorrected, crossed both lanes, traveled off the road and up a small embankment, Jones said.

“The vehicle overturned several times,” Jones said, adding that Jenkins managed to get out of the car.

A deputy discovered the wrecked Nissan a little after 7 a.m.

“The car could not be seen from the road in the dark,” Jones explained.

The sheriff’s office crime scene unit and Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team are investigating the wreck and death.

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