Wreck victim identified

Published 3:36 pm Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Montevallo man was killed Saturday when his vehicle struck a tree on Highway 155 in Jemison.

A vehicle driven by Richard Haynes, 62, was traveling toward Highway 31 when it left the road about 10 a.m. Jemison Fire Department arrived at the scene and found the driver dead.

Chief Bobby Tucker said, because of the absence of skid marks on the road or other signs that would point to loss of control of the vehicle, the driver might have experienced health problems prior to the wreck. No other vehicles were involved.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.

A dog riding in the vehicle was extricated and transported to the Chilton County Humane Society.

“I’ve been in this a long time, and that’s the first time I’ve extricated an animal from a vehicle and it lived,” Tucker said.

Joe Murphy, director of the Humane Society, said the animal will require surgery for a broken right front leg.

Katy Drain of May Veterinary Clinic North in Northport has volunteered to perform the surgery at no cost to the shelter.

Alabama Veterinarian Specialists in Bessemer performed the dog’s initial evaluation, also at no cost to the shelter.

“By looking at him the first day he came in, you wouldn’t have known it’s the same dog–he was in a lot of pain,” Murphy said in a telephone conversation Monday while the shelter staff could be heard making over the dog, Buck, in the background. “By the time he’s all healed up, he’ll make somebody a great pet.”