Newberry Observer

Wreck fatality identified

CHAPPELLS — Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece has identified Jaboy Lee Massey, 26, of Newport, Tennessee, as the victim of an accident that took place Monday night.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, while traveling east in a 2015 International Tractor Trailer on Highway 56, approximately four miles west of Chappells, Massey struck a fallen tree across the roadway. This caused the 18 wheeler to run off the road, hitting another tree, then overturning. The SCHP reports that Massey was not wearing a seat-belt and was ejected, he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

According to Kneece, an autopsy was performed on May 31 and it was determined Massey died of multiple blunt force injuries due to the collision.

This incident remains under investigation by Newberry County Coroner’s Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol and South Carolina State Transport Police.

By Andrew Wigger

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