A vehicle pursuit by the Winchester Police Department ended with the death of a young Moore County man following a one-car crash Thursday night near downtown Winchester.
Killed in the crash was Jonathan Ford, 22, of Lynchburg, a 2010 graduate of Moore County High School.
Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young provided a detailed account of the accident.
“At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the 24th of July, a Winchester police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle on Highway 130 in an area of special patrol of a residential area,” Young said. “The officer followed the vehicle and ran its registration through dispatch as they were headed southbound on North High Street in Winchester.”
Young said police dispatch was on the phone at the same time with Estill Springs Police Chief Allen Rhodes who said his department was on the lookout for the same vehicle.
“Estill Police Chief Rhodes said the driver of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring, 22-year-old Jonathan Ford of Lynchburg, was a suspect in an ongoing investigation and had also made threats of harming himself,” Young said.
Rhodes then contacted the Winchester officer asking him to stop the vehicle for a welfare check and hold him until he could arrive.
Chief Young reported what happened after the officer stopped the vehicle on 2nd Ave NW in Winchester.
When the officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver to step from the vehicle, the driver sped off and turned left onto Cedar Street, traveled south two blocks, ran through the gates of the Franklin County Highway Department and head-on into a Mac dump truck parked in their parking lot.
Ford was extracted from the wreckage by the Winchester Fire Department and died in an ambulance en route to the hospital, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Tommy Lyles who also investigated.
The victim’s survivors include his parents, Tommy and Tressa Ford; brother, Dekota Ford, and sisters, Erica and Abbie Ford, all of Lynchburg.
Visitation with the family will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs followed by services at 4 p.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations by contacting Grant Funeral Services.
—LINDA STACY, Staff Writer