A Melbourne man was killed early Sunday morning after losing control and rolling his pickup truck on a gravel road in northwest Jasper County.
Jesse Nason, 38, died at the scene of the accident in the 8000 block of West 36th Street North reported to law enforcement officials at 2:04 a.m. by a motorist who came upon the scene of the accident.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Nason was traveling north when he lost control, swerved into the west ditch, then back across the road to the east ditch, returned to the roadway and then rolled several times coming to rest on the passenger side. The total distance traveled was 570 feet, the accident report states.
Upon arrival, Baxter Police, Baxter Fire and Sheriff's Office deputies found Nason trapped in the vehicle with a slight pulse. Rescue crews needed to cut the roof from the truck to extricate Nason. By the time crews were able to remove him from the vehicle and place him on a backboard, he was pronounced dead at the scene. An air ambulance sent to the site was disregarded.
A survey of the scene turned up a large cooler with several opened and unopened Busch Light beers scattered along the roadway. It was determined Nason was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Wallace Funeral Home transported Nason's body to the state medical examiner's office where an autopsy was to be performed.