A 17-year-old was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Redfield on Saturday.
Cody L. Farley was a rear passenger in the vehicle, according to a press release from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. Farley was ejected from the vehicle. He was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived and was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Emergency personnel were called to the crash at 6:34 p.m. near 1105 River Road, just outside the Redfield city limits.
William Cook, 26, was identified as the driver and Kimberly Cook, age not available, was identified as the front-seat passenger, sister of William Cook and girlfriend of Farley.
“The JCSO Criminal Investigation Division is investigating and it appears that speed was the likely factor in the crash,” Woods said in the press release.
The initial accident investigation along with witness statements indicated that the vehicle driven by Cook was traveling east along River Road in excess of 100 mph when Cook and his passengers passed a pedestrian identified as Phillip Goss, 33, also of Redfield, Woods said in the press release.
Goss reportedly signaled for Cook to slow down, Woods said in the release. However, Cook passed Goss and continued east along River Road for a short distance before making a U-turn and traveling west on River Road. Cook’s vehicle reached Goss, who reportedly walked out into the roadway.
In an attempt to avoid striking Goss, Cook maneuvered his vehicle in the opposite direction, Woods said.
In doing so, Cook’s vehicle spun out of control and left the roadway at 1109 River Road. The vehicle flipped about five times and traveled about 550 feet before coming to rest in the middle of River Road at Jessica Drive.
Goss was administered a portable breath test, which returned a reading of 1.86, more than 20 times over the legal limit, Woods said in the press release. Goss was arrested and transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Jefferson County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked in on charges of public intoxication and an active arrest warrant for failure to appear. This fatality accident investigation is ongoing.