UPDATE | Coroner: Driver who crashed into home died from cardiac arrest

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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Martinez man who died after the truck he was driving Thursday morning jumped the curb and crashed straight into a home died from cardiac arrest and natural causes, according to the coroner.

Coroner Vernon Collins said Mickey Carlyle Barefield, 52, from Martinez died as he was driving was traveling west on Matson St. in a 2016 Ford F150. He failed to stop at the stop sign and crashed into a home on Clinton Way West.

Barefield was pronounced dead at the scene, but did not appear to have visible injuries from the crash, according to the coroner. There was nobody in the home at the time of the crash.



News 12 NBC 26 News At 11 | Thursday, August 10, 2017

10:15 p.m.

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Martinez man is dead after the truck he was driving Thursday morning jumped the curb and crashed straight into a home.

Neighbors there are still left in shock while investigators try to figure out what could have lead to the fatal accident. A small group of concerned neighbors gathered around the home, under an overcast late-summer sky, as first responders crowded around the front window of Oscar Walker's home.

Walker had begun his day like so many before - with a quiet morning commute to work. But it was a phone call that caught him off guard and brought him home earlier than expected.

"I saw it at the stop sign," Walker recalls from his phone conversation," it came across the stop sign and the truck just sped up and went straight through the window."

Those were all the details Walker got over the phone.

By 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a red pickup truck was several feet into the front of his home. An hour later, he returned to see the damage left to his home of 27 years only to find firetrucks, ambulances and that same truck sticking out.

"You drive up and you see half of a truck sticking out of your house and the other half inside," Walker says, "so that's basically what I saw."

A skidmark and tire marks show the trail after a pickup jumped the curb, crashed through a row of hedges and right into the front of Walker's home. Paint cans and brushes for a project Walker was set to start this weekend splattered across wooden beams of his once-clean porch, but he says this damage can be repaired.

"Two windows, the porch, the bushes. I mean, it all can be re-fixed," Walker says. "Nothing that can't be replaced."

But it's the loss of life that brought a somber mood to the scene after investigators found the body of 52-year-old Mickey Barefield dead behind the wheel. A blue tarp now covers what's left behind as the cleanup begins, but Walker says the damage here is nothing compared to what Barefield's family is feeling.

"My prayers and wishes go out to them because they are innocent people just like me," Walker says. "I mean we both are innocent, but they lost a life. You can replace other stuff but a life you can't replace, so I wish them the best."

Folks living in that neighborhood say Barefield, from Martinez, lived nearby and would drive through with a smile and a wave any chance he had. One neighbor says their kids grew up together and he loved laughing and spending time with everyone and was shocked at his sudden loss.

Investigators say no one else was inside the home at the time of the crash and there were no other injuries, but several questions remain around what could have lead to the crash. Barefield's body has been sent for an autopsy and results are expected Friday.

Stay with News 12 NBC 26 as this story develops.


Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Columbia County Coroner has identified the driver killed when his pickup truck crashed into a Martinez home this morning.

The driver has been identified as Mickey Carlyle Barefield, 52, from Martinez.

According to a news release, investigators said Barefield was traveling west on Matson St. in a 2016 Ford F150. For some unknown reasons, he failed to stop at the stop sign and crashed into a home on Clinton Way West.

Barefield was pronounced dead at the scene, but did not appear to have visible injuries from the crash, according to the coroner. No one inside the home suffered any injuries, but the house sustained severe damage.

The cause of the collision and the cause of death is unknown at this time.


MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- After a pickup truck crashed into a Martinez house this morning, authorities have confirmed that a 52-year-old male driver died from the accident.

No one inside the Clinton Way West residence was injured, according to deputies.

The call was received at 10:30 a.m. At one point, authorities said there was smoke showing from the truck, as well as the house.

Our reporter on scene confirmed that a coroner said an autopsy will be done by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Results should be ready tomorrow.



MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- There is a truck that crashed into a house in Martinez according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The call was received at 10:30 a.m., occurring at a home on Clinton Way West. Authorities say one is dead.

Right now, authorities say there is smoke showing from the truck and house.

The fire department is dispatched. We have a reporter heading to the scene.

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