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Martinez man believed to have suffered medical incident before crashing into home

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 3:07am
Micky Carlyle Barefield may have suffered a fatal medical incident causing him to travel through a stop sign and into a house. Speed is not considered a factor. The homeowner was not present when the accident occurred.
Micky Carlyle Barefield may have suffered a fatal medical incident causing him to travel through a stop sign and into a house. Speed is not considered a factor. The homeowner was not present when the accident occurred.

Authorities believe a Martinez man suffered a medical incident and died before rolling through a stop sign and into the front of a residence Thursday.

An eyewitness told police that the lone fatality, later identified as Mickey Carlyle Barefield, 52, did not stop at the stop sign at Maston Street in front of the Clinton Way West residence in the Merrymont neighborhood, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Butch Askew.

The call came in to police at 10:38 a.m. Thursday, Askew said.

"There was also report of a fire, but we think the vehicle was still in gear and it was the tires spinning, but there was really no fire once we got the vehicle shut down," Askew added while at the scene.

The homeowner was not home at the time of the incident.

First responders working the scene said that construction workers nearby heard the collision, ran to the scene, and attempted to pull Barefield from the vehicle, but were unsuccessful.

A tow truck was called to the scene to remove the vehicle from the front of the residence before Barefield's body could be pulled out.

Columbia County deputy coroner Harriett Garrison said that Barefield was not wearing a seat belt, but no injuries from the crash were immediately visible. Garrison added that there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the collision.

Neighbors near the scene said they heard the collision but didn't see it happen. Initially, Barbara Howard, who has lived two doors down for the past two decades, thought someone had run the Maston Road stop sign.

Howard said speeding has been a major factor on the roads and has continued to get worse. She said that the road is commonly known to authorities as "the Merrymont 500."

"I have grandchildren, and we are forever out here trying to slow people down," Howard said.

But authorities said that speeding was likely not a factor in this incident and that Barefield likely suffered a medical incident, causing him to pass through the stop sign and crash into the front of the home.

Garrison said that Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins had taken Barefield's body to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy later Thursday afternoon.

 

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