Vehicle in fatal crash was speeding from another crash

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

Witnesses told police a man who wrecked his car in Asheville, killing his 3-year-old daughter was speeding away from a minor wreck and running red lights just before his vehicle missed a curve and went over an embankment.

Some people who saw David Jones' wreck on Dec. 12 estimate his car was going over 80 mph when it went off the road, landing in a parking lot 150 feet away, according to police reports.

Jones' daughter, Madelyn, died in the wreck. Jones and two city workers in the parking lot were injured. Police are still investigating the crash and no charges have been filed.

Jones' mother said her son suffers seizures and likely had one the day of the wreck after picking up his daughter from daycare.

"It was not his fault," Connie Sargent said of her son's wreck.

Jones, 37, missed a scheduled court date last week on an unrelated driving while intoxicated charge. Jones said he was at a doctor's appointment and his lawyer was trying to get a bench warrant issued for him cancelled.

"I lost half my right ear. I got the stitches out today. I fractured a skull, but the biggest thing is I lost my daughter. I'd take her place in a second if I could," Jones said.

The police reports on the wrecks said the incident started when Jones' 2007 Ford Fusion tried to pass a 2008 Volvo by using a bicycle lane on the right. The front of Jones' car clipped the other car, and Jones sped off, investigators said.

Witnesses said Jones' car weaved through traffic and ran red lights while speeding before missing the curve and crashing, police said.

Investigators have obtained two search warrants, asking for a box in Jones' car that likely recorded his speed, steering and other data and his cellphone.