Questions still surround the death of a Clarkson man who was found dead inside his car after a one-vehicle wreck on Monday night, Aug. 24.
Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff King responded to the scene of the accident at 4934 Millerstown Road at approximately 9:30 p.m. and found a blue 2007 Nissan Altima which had come to a rest in a cornfield.
According to King’s report, it appears that the vehicle was travelling east along Millerstown Road, approximately 5 miles east of Clarkson, when it left the roadway on the west-bound side for unknown reasons.
The vehicle, which was being operated by 70-year-old Ronald G. Hawkins, of Millerstown Road, then entered a cornfield and travelled approximately 1,500 feet after exiting the roadway before coming to a rest amid thick stalks of corn.
It is currently unclear whether the vehicle caught fire before or after coming to a stop, but King’s report states that it “burned from the rear to the front,” before the fire was extinguished by responding members of the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department.
Sheriff Norman Chaffins said on Tuesday morning, “Mr. Hawkins was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled in an attempt to determine the cause of death. It is unclear at this time as to why the Nissan left the roadway.”
Assisting King at the scene were Clarkson Police Department, Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grayson County Coroner’s Office.
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.