JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The man killed in a crash on Bush Dairy Road early Tuesday morning has been identified.
Jones County Coroner Nancy Barnett said 21-year-old Tobis Cooley, of Laurel, was killed when his SUV left the roadway and crashed through the railing on a bridge over a creek.
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, a passerby called about the SUV below the bridge around 6:47 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found the SUV on the creek bank with the driver's door open.
Maj. Jaime Tedford said crews were unable to locate the driver immediately, so they searched the surrounding areas. After the vehicle was removed, Cooley's body was found six feet off the bank in the water.
"The vehicle was here in the way and once we got the vehicle off the embankment, we were able to locate the driver in the water behind us," said Tedford. "At that time, we were able to reach the family and notify them. It's a tragic accident, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and it's tough for everyone on a scene like this."
The sheriff's department is still investigating the cause of the crash.