Hoover Dies in Sunday Night Crash

December 22, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Firefighters at Crash Scene (Photo by Callie Matthews)

An 18 year old man died in a two vehicle crash Sunday night on Highway 53 near Liberty.

Dead is Jake Hoover of Liberty.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Hoover was driving south in a 2004 Honda when the car went off the left side of the roadway into an embankment, causing the car to go airborne. While airborne, a northbound 2000 Peterbilt tractor trailer truck, hauling a load of milk, struck Hoover's car causing it to fly into a utility pole. The truck was driven by 55 year old Joe Hearn of Alexandria.

The DeKalb County Fire Department's extrication team was called to the scene to remove Hoover from the vehicle. The THP says Hearn was not injured.

Both men were wearing their seatbelts and there was no evidence of any alcohol or drugs.

The Liberty and Main Station engines of the DeKalb County Fire Department also responded to the scene along with DeKalb EMS, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Jimmy Tisdale and Sergeant James Sells of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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